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  • Signature needed: South Carolina mayor fires police chief for being gay

    Crystal Moore served as a police officer in the small town of Latta, South Carolina for over 20 years—and rose up the ranks to become its first female police chief. And she’s openly gay.

    On April 15th, the town’s new mayor fired Moore—without following the proper protocols to dismiss an employee, according to city councilmembers.

    Mayor Earl Bullard has also said that he would rather have “somebody who drank too much taking care of my child than somebody whose lifestyle is questionable.”

    South Carolina is one of 29 states where you can be fired for being gay, so Crystal Moore likely has no legal protection for what happened. But we can put political pressure.

    Sign the petition to Mayor Bullard and the Latta Town Council: Reinstate Chief Moore

  • Sign the petition: Collect every cent deadbeat Cliven Bundy owes

    Deadbeat rancher Cliven Bundy has become a right-wing hero for disavowing the United States government, illegally using public lands for personal gain, ignoring court orders, and staging an intense stand-off between armed “militia” members and the federal agents. That standoff ended with the federal agents backing off in the interest of public safety.

    But the story doesn’t end there. Right-wing media have latched on to this story, painting Bundy as a hero and his right-wing “militia” as patriots. But he’s not a patriot. He’s a deadbeat who formed a gang of armed thugs to get out of paying the government money which he owed for illegally using public lands for private gain.

    Sign the petition to the federal government: Collect every cent deadbeat Cliven Bundy owes to the people of the United States.

  • Sign the petition: Stop Skechers’ sweatshop on wheels

    Skechers truckers basically work in sweatshops on wheels. They work long hours, face safety hazards, endure harassment, and have had their wages stolen—and some have been fired by Skechers' trucking contractor, Green Fleet Systems, for trying to improve their working conditions.

    Now, drivers like Mateo Mares and Amilcar Cardona are standing up for their rights by filing legal claims with the government for wage theft, wage violations, retaliation for union activities, and illegal harassment.

    Skechers needs to demand that its trucking contractor stop violating workers’ rights and U.S. labor laws.

    Sign the petition: Tell Skechers to stop the sweatshop on wheels.

  • Sign and send the petition to Gov. Rick Perry: Expand Medicaid now!

    Texas has the highest uninsured rate in the country, and Gov. Rick Perry’s refusal to accept that Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act has only made it worse.

    Over 2 million Texans who would otherwise qualify for Medicaid are needlessly uninsured. These are children, seniors and working Texans making poverty wages who fall in the health coverage cap.

    A solid majority of Texans believe that we should expand Medicaid, and now even the Dallas Citizens Council—a high-powered big business group—has publicly endorsed it.

    Enough is enough. Join Daily Kos and the Texas Organizing Project in signing and sending the petition to Gov. Rick Perry, demanding that Texas accept the Medicaid expansion now.

  • Sign and send the petition to Gov. Rick Perry: Expand Medicaid now!

    Texas has the highest uninsured rate in the country, and Gov. Rick Perry’s refusal to accept that Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act has only made it worse.

    Over 2 million Texans who would otherwise qualify for Medicaid are needlessly uninsured. These are children, seniors and working Texans making poverty wages who fall in the health coverage cap.

    A solid majority of Texans believe that we should expand Medicaid, and now even the Dallas Citizens Council—a high-powered big business group—has publicly endorsed it.

    Enough is enough. Join Daily Kos and the Texas Organizing Project in signing and sending the petition to Gov. Rick Perry, demanding that Texas accept the Medicaid expansion now.

  • Sign the petition: Tell Democratic holdouts to support increasing Social Security benefits

    Some very serious people in Washington D.C. are advising Democrats to cut Social Security. But as Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) said: “the serious people are seriously out of touch.”

    The serious people are also losing support, and fast, too. In less than two years, roughly half of all Democrats in Congress have endorsed expanding Social Security benefits instead of cutting them.

    One avenue to expanding Social security is H.R. 3118, the Strengthening Social Security Act, which would modestly increase benefits and keep the program solvent by removing the income cap on Social Security taxes that unfairly protects the wealthy from paying their fair share.

    As of last week, more than half of all Democrats in the House of Representatives have gone on the record in support of the Strengthening Social Security Act, because it is good policy and smart politics for the Democratic Party. Now, it is time for the rest to sign on.

    Join Daily Kos and Social Security Works in urging the House Democrats who have not endorsed the Strengthen Social Security Act that it is time to expand Social Security, not cut it.

  • Sign the petition: Urge the DOJ to investigate new Florida voting rule which closes all restrooms at polling places on Election Day

    Remember how bad the voter lines were on Election Day in 2012? In Florida, some stayed in line for over six hours.

    And now, they won’t be able to use the bathroom. The Miami-Dade County Elections Department has quietly implemented a policy to close the bathrooms at all polling facilities.

    Voters would have to choose between voting, or using the bathroom.

    Make no mistake about it. This is a political scheme to depress voter turnout in a heavily Democratic county, and it’s also probably illegal for violating basic disability law.

    Sign the petition: Urge U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate this new Florida voting rule which closes all restrooms at polling places on Election Day.

  • Sign and send the petition: Demand the Miami-Dade County Election Department re-open bathroom facilities in all polling places.

    Miami-Dade Elections Department just made a huge mistake: They have quietly implemented a new rule that requires all restrooms at all polling locations to be closed on Election Day.

    This is in no way just a minor inconvenience for voters—especially since they often wait in long lines in Miami-Dade county. Further, it most likely violates the Americans with Disabilities Act, which would make this new rule illegal.

    If the rules stands, it will undoubtedly result in fewer people voting. Those with disabilities, medical conditions or anyone who simply has to pee may either stay home or give up after waiting.

    Make no mistake, this is a form of voter suppression, and it must be stopped.

    Sign and send the petition directly to the Miami-Dade Elections Department demanding they rescind this rule immediately––before the lawsuits are started and Department of Justice is called in.

  • Sign the petition: Can you stand with the people in Ohio who are fighting voter suppression?

    Republicans in Ohio have inserted language into the state budget review that slashes government funding by 10% for any county that mails absentee voter applications to all residents.

    This is strong-arm tactic by Republicans to continue to restrict voter access, but some in Ohio are fighting back.

    Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, and likely Democratic nominee for governor, has stated he intends to send out unsolicited absentee ballot applications to all residents of Cuyahoga County, despite Republican threats to withhold money.

    Further, FitzGerald has filed a written request for both Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, Steven Dettelbach to investigate these and other changes to Ohio voter laws, including Republican legislation which reduced the number of in-person early voting days.

    Can you stand with Ohioans who are fighting back against voter suppression?

    Please, sign the petition demanding an investigation into changes to Ohio voter laws. Do not let Ohio Republicans withhold essential state funding.

  • Sign the pledge: Defeat this turncoat 'Democrat' in a primary

    New York Democrats won a majority of seats in the state Senate in 2012, but despite what basic math and common sense would dictate, Republicans retained control of the chamber. How?

    Renegade state Sen. Jeff Klein—a self-described “progressive Democrat”—left the Democratic caucus in 2011 to create the so-called “Independent Democratic Conference.” This power-hungry breakaway group eagerly threw the Senate majority to the GOP following the 2012 elections.

    In exchange for caucusing with Republicans, Klein and his fellow turncoats got personal perks and committee chairmanships—and Klein himself was given the title of "Co-Leader and President Pro Tempore" of the Senate, which he shares with Republican head honcho Dean Skelos.

    Thanks to Klein's power grab, the Senate has thwarted a wave of progressive priorities, including paid medical leave, a moratorium on fracking, safeguards for reproductive rights, stronger equal pay laws, genuine campaign finance reform, and the New York state DREAM Act.

    But there's good news for Democrats: Former New York City Councilman Oliver Koppell, a staunch progressive, may challenge Klein in a primary.

    Sign the pledge to support progressive Oliver Koppell over turncoat Jeff Klein and help Democrats win a real majority in the state Senate.

  • Sign the petition: Republicans are not the party of family values

    Louisiana Congressman Vance McAllister, "devout Christian and devoted husband and father," was caught on camera kissing one of his congressional aides. He response was to fire the aide and announce his bid for re-election. It gets better:

    The husband of the staffer caught kissing Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) says that while the congressman ran as a religious man who cherished family values, he wasn't actually religious.

    "I know his beliefs. When he ran one of his commercials, he said 'I need your prayers,' and I asked, 'When did you get religious?' He said, 'When I needed votes,'" Heath Peacock told CNN Tuesday. "He broke out the religious card and he's about the most non-religious person I know."

    The GOP claims to stand for family values, holds marriage between a man and a woman in the highest regard, while advocating the government stay out the lives of the American citizenry­­—except none of these espoused values translate into their actions.

    Republicans are notorious for their transgressions of infidelity, hypocrisy, and crafting legislation that controls not only how Americans can act in the privacy of their own bedrooms, but who they can marry and what they can do with their own bodies.

    Sign the petition: Republicans are not the party of family values, and everyone should stop pretending otherwise.

  • Sign the petition: Democrats must stop giving Republicans veto power over judicial nominees

    Senate Democrats successfully ended the filibuster on judicial nominations, but that alone won’t stop rampant GOP obstruction. The next tactic Republicans can turn to is the arcane procedure of “blue slips.”

    When the president nominates a judge from a particular state, the Senate Judiciary Committee sends a “blue slip” to the state’s two senators—asking for their opinion. If one or both senators do not approve, it effectively kills the nomination by blocking a hearing.

    Blue slips are neither in the Constitution nor even an official rule of the Senate. This is a tradition the Senate Judiciary chair can do away with at any time, as Republicans frequently did when they last controlled both the Senate and the White House.

    However, Senate Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT), is refusing to change and defending his continued use of blue slips.

    Our federal judiciary is in crisis, and most court vacancies President Obama must fill are from red states. We cannot continue to give Republicans veto power over judicial nominees.

    Tell Senate Judiciary Committee chair Patrick Leahy: It’s time to end the “blue slips.”

  • Sign the petition to CNN and other media outlets: James O’Keefe is discredited. Please ignore him.

    James O’Keefe—the right-wing bottom-feeder who impersonated a pimp to bring down ACORN (allegations which were later proven to be false)—is back.

    James went undercover at the voter mobilization group Battleground Texas to “expose” how they register people to vote. A Republican prosecutor investigated his charges, then dropped them—and a Judge dismissed his evidence as “little more than a canard and political disinformation.”

    But in right-wing circles, such bad behavior gets rewarded. We can’t stop Fox News from covering whatever false conspiracy that James O’Keefe drums up next, but we can pressure CNN and other traditional news outlets to ignore him as a discredited buffoon.

    Sign the petition to CNN: James O’Keefe is a discredited conspiracy theorist and a right-wing buffoon. Please agree not to take him seriously.

  • Sign the petition: Say no to court-packing

    Republican Gov. Rick Scott and the Tea Party state legislature have set their sights on the last vestige of sanity in Florida state government: The state Supreme Court.

    Last week, the Florida state Senate passed a bill that would change whether an incoming or outgoing governor can make appointments to the state Supreme Court. The bill may seem obscure since there won’t be any vacancies on the court until January 8, 2019 -- but that date is extremely important since it would be Rick Scott’s last day in office if he wins re-election this fall.

    This bill would allow Rick Scott to make three new Supreme Court appointments on his very last day in office, should he win re-election this fall.

    As if this wasn’t already a thinly-veiled power grab, the Republican state Senate forced the bill through on a party line vote just as Rick Scott pulled ahead in the polls for this fall’s gubernatorial election.

    Sign the petition: Don’t let Rick Scott pack the Florida Supreme Court.

  • Sign the petition: Leticia Van de Putte for Lt. Governor of Texas!

    Senator Leticia Van de Putte’s voice is finally being heard—and it’s about time.

    With a strong record favoring Texas veterans, women’s rights, and small business incentives, she is the ideal candidate for lieutenant governor of Texas.

    But she needs your help to win.

    Join Daily Kos and Battleground Texas today in fighting for what’s right—help LVP become the next lieutenant governor of Texas.

  • Sign the petition: I’m with Wendy!

    There’s no better candidate for Texas governor than Wendy Davis.

    From her historic filibuster to her bold education plan, Wendy has constantly been fighting for what’s right for Texans.

    Join Daily Kos and Battleground Texas in making sure that Wendy gets elected as the next governor of our great state.

  • Sign the petition: Greg Abbott is wrong for Texas

    Greg Abbott has openly associated himself with sexual predators, racists, and misogynists. He has announced his plan to cut Pre-K funding for areas with poor academic results, which would directly impact lower-income and minority districts.

    Abbott even opposed the Fair Pay Act and promotes voter ID laws which would prevent many honest, hardworking Texans from being able to vote.

    This man is wrong for Texas. Join Daily Kos and Battleground Texas in making sure that Greg Abbott does not become the next governor of our great state.

  • Sign the petition: Urge Virginia lawmakers to expand Medicaid

    400,000 low-income Virginians are currently without health insurance—and the state loses $5 million in federal funds every day—because Virginia Republicans refused the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe supports expanding Medicaid, but the Virginia legislature must also act to make it happen.

    Members of the General Assembly are back in a special session this week to pass the state budget, so now is the time to make this happen.

    Sign the petition to the Virginia state legislature, urging them to expand coverage to 400,000 uninsured Virginians.

  • Sign and send the petition: Urge Virginia lawmakers to expand Medicaid

    400,000 low-income Virginians are currently without health insurance—and the state loses $5 million in federal funds every day—because Virginia Republicans refused the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe supports expanding Medicaid, but the Virginia legislature must also act to make it happen.

    Members of the General Assembly are back in a special session this week to pass the state budget, so now is the time to make this happen.

    Sign and send the petition to your state senator, urging them to expand coverage to 400,000 uninsured Virginians.

  • Sign the petition: House Republicans who claim to support extension of unemployment insurance must prove it, and sign a discharge petition

    More than two million Americans who have been unemployed for over six months are currently without unemployment insurance.

    The Senate is finally moving ahead on a bill to extend these benefits, but Speaker John Boehner refuses to let the House vote on it.

    Seven House Republicans have signed a letter asking Boehner to bring it to a vote, but only a “discharge petition” would bring an up-or-down vote that over 2 million Americans deserve.

    Sign the petition to the seven House Republicans who claim to support unemployment insurance to prove it, and sign a discharge petition.

  • Sign the petition: Tell the EPA to protect monarch butterflies

    As Big Ag has dramatically increased its use of genetically modified crops—which are resistant to potent weed killers like Monsanto’s Roundup—industrial use of these “glyphosate” herbicides has exploded, killing off the milkweed that monarchs need to survive.

    By placing commonsense limits on the rampant use of herbicides like Roundup, the EPA could dramatically increase the monarch’s chance for survival.

    Join Daily Kos and the Natural Resources Defense Council in urging the EPA to put new restrictions on the chemicals imperiling monarchs.

  • Help stop the frack attack

    The oil and gas industry is targeting our national forests, wildlife refuges and other public lands as the next frontier in their reckless fracking boom. The consequences for our public lands could be devastating.

    Instead of protecting our natural heritage and its clean water supplies, the Obama Administration is preparing to step aside and let fracking run roughshod over them.

    Tell President Obama to rein in Big Oil & Gas by imposing a fracking moratorium on all federal lands.

    By adding your name, you'll be joining an all-out campaign to stop the fracking juggernaut from invading our last wild places, threatening our drinking water supplies and ravaging more communities across the country.

    Join us by signing this petition to President Obama urging him to close our public lands to fracking.

  • Tell Greg Abbott & his allies: Women deserve equal pay

    As a Texas state Senator, Wendy led the fight to pass the bipartisan Texas Equal Pay Law, only to see it vetoed by Rick Perry. But that’s why she’s running for Governor—because she knows that the principle of equal pay for equal work strengthens families and helps build a 21st century economy.

    But her opponent, Greg Abbott, actually fought AGAINST strengthening equal pay protections in state court.

    One of his allies insisted the reason women are paid less is because “men are better negotiators.” Another even said that women are “too busy” to worry about equal pay. Wendy’s values on this issue couldn’t be more different than her opponents’.

    Wendy is running for Governor because she believes an honest day’s work deserves an honest day’s pay—regardless of gender.

    Join Wendy today. Make your voice heard and sign this petition demanding equal pay for equal work.

  • Join Wendy Davis: Demand equal pay for equal work

    Wendy’s opponent, Greg Abbott, doesn’t think Texas women should be able to fight discriminatory pay in court.

    But in Abbott’s very own office, “the 343 male assistant attorneys general in Abbott's office make almost $6,000 more than the 379 female assistant attorneys general.”

    Abbott is on the wrong side of the Equal Pay issue. Women deserve to be paid fairly for their work.

    Join Wendy in calling on Greg Abbott to stop listening to his special interest allies claiming things like “women are too busy” and “men are better negotiators.”

    Add your voice to Wendy’s and tell Greg Abbott to start listening to real women in Texas—starting with the women in his own office.

  • Sign the petition: Denounce Mississippi for passing “turn gays away” bill

    Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a “turn gays away” bill into law—making it the first state to codify one of these hateful laws.

    When the Arizona legislature passed a bill that allowed businesses to discriminate on religious grounds, there was a huge national backlash.

    Republican governors across the country said they would veto similar legislation, and Gov. Jan Brewer eventually vetoed the bill.

    We need a huge backlash now. Sign the petition denouncing the Mississippi legislature and governor for passing a “turn gays away” bill.

  • Sign the pledge: Boycott Hobby Lobby

    The owners of Hobby Lobby have been fighting to exclude birth control coverage in the insurance plans covering their employees, most of whom are women. They've done so under the misguided belief that covering this essential health care item violates their personal religious beliefs.

    Simply put, your boss has no business making health care decisions for you. While the Supreme Court weighs the case, you can take action right now.

    Sign the pledge to boycott Hobby Lobby and commit to spending your hard-earned money with companies who respect the basic health care needs of women and believe medical choices should be between you and your doctor.

  • Sign the pledge: Don't buy Koch products



    With every shopping trip, we could be spending our hard-earned money supporting the Koch brothers' radical anti-worker, anti-environment, anti-democratic agenda.

    It’s near impossible to list every product that contains a chemical, material or pulp created by Koch industries, or one of its numerous subsidiaries. But when we know which commonly purchased products fill the Koch coffers, then we can avoid buying them and hit the Kochs where it hurts––their bottom line.

    Please sign the pledge to not buy commonly available Koch products. You can see the complete list below the signature form.

  • Sign the petition to Delaware legislature: Hold hearings on how a wealthy, admitted child rapist avoided a single day of jail time

    Robert H. Richards IV is an heir of the duPont family who pled guilty to raping his 3-year-old daughter.

    The violent crime can bring up to 15 years in prison, but Delaware prosecutors (subject to a plea deal) offered probation instead—with Superior Court Judge Jan R. Jurden citing “unique circumstances” that suggest he “will not fare well in prison.”

    In praising the sentencing, Richards’ own lawyer said: “he’s a rich, white boy who is a wuss and a child perv. The prison can't protect them, and Jan Jurden knows that reality.”

    We cannot give wealthy criminals a pass—like this case, and the “affluenza” case in Texas—while low-income people serve time behind bars.

    Sign the petition to the Delaware legislature, urging them to convene hearings on how a wealthy, admitted child rapist avoided a single day of jail time.

  • Sign the petition: Raise the minimum wage and lift close to one million Americans out of poverty

    Organizing for Action logoToday, the federal minimum wage — in real dollars — is the lowest it’s been in decades.

    A $7.25 an hour wage is just not enough to support a family — plain and simple. Raising the minimum wage will lift close to a million Americans out of poverty, and will strengthen our economy as a whole.

    Join Organizing for Action in the push to raise the wage.

    Add your name to this petition and tell Congress: It's time to give America a raise.

  • Sign the petition: Tell Congress to stop blocking the restoration of emergency unemployment benefits

    Congress allowed emergency unemployment benefits to expire last December. Every week we delay, another 70,000 people lose their unemployment insurance.

    That’s more families giving up medications, missing rent and mortgage payments, or unable to find the money to put gas in their car to get to a job interview. It’s time for us to act.

    Join Daily Kos in urging the Senate to stop blocking the restoration of unemployment benefits for families who desperately need them.

  • Sign the petition: Tell big banks to stop charging ATM fees to welfare recipients

    In California—as in many other states—most recipients of the state’s welfare-to-work program receive their monthly checks through an EBT (electronic benefit transfer) card.

    But each time they use these cards to get cash, the banks charge them an ATM fee.

    A recent study found that big banks took more than $19 million out of the pockets of poor Californians in 2012. The average Calworks family lives on about $510 per month.

    Citibank has agreed to waive ATM fees for welfare-to-work recipients who use EBT cards, but the other big banks continue to take money away from low-income families.

    Sign the petition to Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase and the other big banks: Stop ripping off state funds and low-income people with your ATM fees.

  • Signature needed: Washington can be next to reverse all food stamp cuts

    When Congress slashed food stamps in February, 850,000 low-income families in 14 states plus D.C. stood to lose an average of $90 in food assistance per month.

    But governors in eight states—including one Republican and one Independent—have reversed these food stamp cuts, thanks to a provision that ties food stamp benefits to federal emergency heating aid.

    Washington has not yet joined these other states in doing the right thing, but the Seattle Times reported this weekend that Gov. Jay Inslee is considering it. That’s why he needs to hear from you today.

    Sign and send the petition to Gov. Jay Inslee, requesting that he take necessary action to restore all food stamp funding in Washington state.

  • Sign the petition: Reverse Citizens United

    Citizens United opened floodgates to outside spending in our political system—the likes of which we've never seen before and never could have imagined.

    And who is leading the way in these secret donations?

    The billionaire industrialist Koch Brothers, whose goal is to buy election victories across this country so they can advance an agenda that protects their interests—busting unions, protecting their coal and oil companies and preventing increases in the minimum wage and so much more.

    We must stand up and say, enough is enough.

    Join Daily Kos and Bruce Braley for Senate in signing our petition, calling for an end to Citizens United.

  • Sign the pledge: Support criminal background checks for gun purchases

    The gun lobby just killed a bill in the Washington state legislature ensuring that all gun sales go through the same criminal background check system.

    You have to pass a similar background check when you apply to many jobs, volunteer at a school, or coach little league. But anyone can buy a gun online or at a gun show without any checks whatsoever.

    The gun lobby won this round—but now we're going to take this simple, commonsense reform that will save lives directly to the ballot in November.

    Join Daily Kos and the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility in signing the pledge to put Initiative 594 on the ballot—it will save lives and reduce crime.

  • Sign the petition: Reverse Citizens United

    Citizens United opened floodgates to outside spending in our political system—the likes of which we've never seen before and never could have imagined.

    And who is leading the way in these secret donations?

    The billionaire industrialist Koch Brothers, whose goal is to buy election victories across this country so they can advance an agenda that protects their interests—busting unions, protecting their coal and oil companies and preventing increases in the minimum wage and so much more.

    We must stand up and say, enough is enough.

    Join Daily Kos and Bruce Braley for Senate in signing our petition, calling for an end to Citizens United.

  • Sign the petition: Urge Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act

    In honor of Equal Pay Day coming up in a few weeks, the National Partnership for Women & Families is working to remind the country about how badly the wage gap hurts women and their families.

    Women who work full time, year-round in this country are still paid about 77 cents for every dollar paid to men. That’s groceries hardworking women can’t afford to buy, rent they can’t pay, and gasoline they can’t put in their cars. The Paycheck Fairness Act would close loopholes in current law to stop wage discrimination and promote fair pay.

    Every member of Congress should support this bill.

    The National Partnership is doing a lot to advance this legislation and with your help, they'll be able to not only tell members of Congress how important it is, but remind them that the public overwhelmingly supports fair pay.

    The National Partnership has been a driving force behind the Paycheck Fairness Act. Now help them get it passed.

    Please join Daily Kos and the National Partnership for Women & Families to help convince Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.

  • Sign the petition: Tell President Obama to apply ENDA protections to federal contractors

    The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed the Senate, but is stuck in the Republican-controlled House because John Boehner won’t bring it to a vote.

    But President Barack Obama can do something to extend workplace protections for LGBT people.

    Just as he signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers, Obama can sign an executive order extending ENDA's protections to federal contractors.

    Nearly 200 members of Congress have signed a letter, urging the President to do so.

    Sign the petition urging President Obama to extend workplace protections for LGBT federal contractors.

  • Tell Koch Allies in Congress: Climate Change is Real

    The Koch Brothers profit from producing toxic chemicals, harmful pollutants, carcinogens, and greenhouse gases, and they are funding climate deniers in Congress.

    Only 3% of scientists worldwide reject climate change science, but in Congress, 56% of Republicans deny that climate change is real.

    The oil baron Koch brothers have funneled over $30 million so far into 2014 Senate races to make sure that they will continue to profit from polluting our environment.

    Join Daily Kos and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in telling the GOP to get off their Koch addiction – climate change is real – and we won’t let climate deniers try to buy a Republican Senate!

  • Sign the petition to Eric Holder: Make prosecuting mortgage fraud a top priority

    An audit by the U.S. Justice Department has concluded that the FBI placed mortgage fraud as its lowest priority for criminal investigations.

    The report also found that much of the data collected on mortgage fraud prosecutions was not accurate.

    More than five years after Wall Street crashed our economy, the banksters continue to get away with a slap on the wrist—while families lose their homes.

    Join the Home Defenders League, Daily Kos and Action for the Common Good in signing our petition to Attorney General Eric Holder: Make mortgage fraud a top priority.

  • Sign the petition to Eric Holder: Make prosecuting mortgage fraud a top priority

    An audit by the U.S. Justice Department has concluded that the FBI placed mortgage fraud as its lowest priority for criminal investigations.

    The report also found that much of the data collected on mortgage fraud prosecutions was not accurate.

    More than five years after Wall Street crashed our economy, the banksters continue to get away with a slap on the wrist—while families lose their homes.

    Join Action for the Common Good, Home Defenders League and Daily Kos in signing our petition to Attorney General Eric Holder: Make mortgage fraud a top priority.

  • Sign the petition to Senate Democrats: Don’t cave to the NRA. Give Dr. Vivek Murthy a fair vote for Surgeon General.

    President Obama has nominated Dr. Vivek Murthy as U.S. Surgeon General, but the NRA has declared war on him—even though the Surgeon General has nothing to do with gun control.

    The NRA is threatening senators who have tough re-election battles in November, and it is working. Ten Democrats have refused to support Murthy, and one plans to vote “no.”

    Sign the petition to Senate Democrats: Don’t cave to the NRA, and give Dr. Vivek Murthy a fair vote on issues that matter to the Surgeon General.

  • Sign the petition to Eric Holder: Make prosecuting mortgage fraud a top priority

    An audit by the U.S. Justice Department has concluded that the FBI placed mortgage fraud as its lowest priority for criminal investigations.

    The report also found that much of the data collected on mortgage fraud prosecutions was not accurate.

    More than five years after Wall Street crashed our economy, the banksters continue to get away with a slap on the wrist—while families lose their homes.

    Join Daily Kos, Home Defenders League and Action for the Common Good in signing our petition to Attorney General Eric Holder: Make mortgage fraud a top priority.

  • Sign the petition to Eric Holder: Make prosecuting mortgage fraud a top priority

    An audit by the U.S. Justice Department has concluded that the FBI placed mortgage fraud as its lowest priority for criminal investigations.

    The report also found that much of the data collected on mortgage fraud prosecutions was not accurate.

    More than five years after Wall Street crashed our economy, the banksters continue to get away with a slap on the wrist—while families lose their homes.

    Sign our petition to Attorney General Eric Holder: Make mortgage fraud a top priority.

  • Tell the U.S. House: it’s time to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

    After trying repeatedly for 17 years, the U.S. Senate finally passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). No one in this country should be fired for being gay, and we are closer than ever to making that happen.

    Now, it is onto the House—where Speaker John Boehner has called it “frivolous” and refuses to bring it to a vote.

    But we can’t let that stop us. As Nancy Pelosi says, we must push for ENDA in the House the way we did for the Violence Against Women’s Act. “We made it too hot to handle in the public. It had to come to the floor.”

    Sign the petition urging the U.S. House of Representatives to pass ENDA.

  • Sign the petition to the Maryland legislature: Raise the minimum wage

    Maryland has the nation’s highest median income, but 21 states—including Montana and Missouri—have a higher minimum wage.

    Poorer states have taken action on their own, but Maryland still has the bare federal minimum of $7.25 per hour—or only $15,000 per year.

    Passing the Raise Maryland Bill—which lifts the state minimum wage to $10.10 per hour—would lift half a million low-wage workers and their families out of poverty.

    Join Daily Kos and Working Families by urging the Maryland legislature to pass the Raise Maryland Bill—and increase the state minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

  • Denounce Paul Ryan for pushing false information in an attempt to cut basically everything

    Rep. Paul Ryan—the Republicans’ self-appointed policy wonk—is out with a new plan to cut ... well, pretty much everything: Head Start, Medicaid, food stamps, low-income housing, energy assistance, job training, education, veterans programs ... basically finding every way possible to cut from programs that help hardworking Americans in order to give more money to special interests.

    Just one problem, though. He cherry-picked data from various academic and governmental studies to make his numbers work and the economists whose work he’s misrepresenting are not happy about it.

    Simply put: Paul Ryan is a fraud who can’t balance a spreadsheet.

    Sign the petition from Daily Kos and the DCCC denouncing Paul Ryan for pushing this phony report to support his right-wing ideology.

  • Help Wendy Respond to Her Attackers

    Karl Rove did it on Fox News. Rush Limbaugh did it on the radio. The Abbott campaign does it whenever and wherever they can. No matter where you look, there’s someone attacking Wendy.

    Others have stooped to a new low by attacking Wendy’s family, her education, and her personal story – playing politics with the journey that has been Wendy’s life.

    Wendy’s story is about a young single mother who struggled to keep her young family afloat. It’s a story about a young woman who was given a precious opportunity to work her way up in the world. It’s a story about resiliency, and sacrifice, and perseverance. And you’re damn right it’s a true story.

    Wendy and her campaign are taking a stand against these desperate personal attacks. Add your voice to Wendy’s by signing this open letter response to her attackers.

  • Sign up for the best content you are not getting in your inbox—the Daily Kos Recommended email

    Every day, over half a million people receive the most highly shared Daily Kos stories in their inbox. They re-share the stories on Facebook and other social media, and help them go viral.

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  • Denounce Darrell Issa for running taxpayer-funded witch hunts

    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is an embarrassment. His staff has repeatedly been caught leaking information, peddling false information, and rabidly pursuing long-debunked conspiracy theories pushed by the Tea Party’s tinfoil hat brigade.

    But when the committee’s senior Democrat, Elijah Cummings, started to speak out against Issa’s so-called “investigations,” Issa immediately ended the hearing, cut off Cummings’s microphone, and walked out.

    Darrell Issa needs to stop chasing conspiracy theories on the taxpayers’ dime and throwing tantrums when other members of Congress call him on it.

    Sign the petition from Daily Kos and the DCCC denouncing Darrell Issa for chasing conspiracy theories on the taxpayers’ dime.

  • Sign and send the petition: Help stop the navy's assault on whales

    This is outrageous: The U.S. Navy is pushing ahead with a training plan that could––according to their own numbers––kill nearly 1,000 whales, dolphins and other marine mammals over the next five years.

    The Navy is planning to use high-powered explosives and deafening sonar as part of its training and testing program. This sonar is so powerful it can cause the internal organs of marine mammals to hemorrhage.

    Marine mammals should not have to suffer and die for routine military practice––especially when the Navy can take simple measures to protect them without compromising our national security.

    Join with Daily Kos and the Natural Resources Defense Council by signing and sending the petition telling the Secretary of the Navy to protect whales and dolphins from deadly sonar by putting commonsense safeguards in place.

  • Signature needed: One simple change can reverse all food stamp cuts in California

    When Congress slashed food stamps in February, 850,000 low-income families in 15 states plus D.C. stood to lose $90 of food assistance per month. But in a twist befitting the movies, there is still a way we can wipe out those cuts entirely.

    It's tricky to explain (you can read a full explanation here), but the bottom line is this: if a state were to increase its minimum monthly heating assistance benefit to $20 without kicking anyone out of the program, then no one in that state would face food stamp cuts.

    Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight of the 14 states—New York and Connecticut, and now Pennsylvania, Oregon, Montana, Rhode Island, Vermont and Massachusetts—plus DC have already done this. Executive orders by Govs. Andrew Cuomo, Dan Malloy, Tom Corbett, John Kitzhaber, Steve Bullock, Lincoln Chafee, Peter Shumlin and Deval Patrick increased the minimum heating assistance in their states to $20 a month, thereby preventing any food stamp cuts from taking place.

    Every state facing cuts can do this—including California. Join Daily Kos and the Courage Campaign by signing and sending the petition demanding that Gov. Jerry Brown increase heating assistance to low-income families as a means of restoring their food stamp benefits.

  • Demand a Senate investigation into America's secret government

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein's allegations that the CIA spied on a Senate investigation of torture under the Bush administration raise serious questions regarding the separation of powers and Congress's ability to monitor our intelligence agencies.

    These allegations are only the latest in a series of revelations that show that the United States' secret government is out of control—and we need a full accounting of the abuses of our intelligence agencies.

    In 1975, a Senate select committee known as the Church Committee uncovered CIA plans to assassinate foreign leaders and FBI spying on and intimidation of peace and civil rights activists, including Martin Luther King, Jr. Recently, the chief counsel for that committee called for a “new Church Committee” in an op-ed published in The Nation, one that would serve as “a new nonpartisan, fact-based and comprehensive investigation of our secret government.”

    The need for more comprehensive scrutiny of our intelligence operations becomes more apparent every day. Join Daily Kos and The Nation in calling on Congress to launch an independent investigation into America's secret government.

  • Signature needed: The Christie scandal you don't know about yet

    Gov. Chris Christie has unilaterally passed a regulation that blocks automakers from directly selling to consumers in New Jersey, requiring them to go through third-party car dealers instead.

    As a direct result, Tesla—the electric car company that reduces our dependence on fossil fuels—must now close its two dealerships in the state.

    New Jersey is the third state to kick out Tesla that way, the other two being Arizona and Texas. It is an intentional move on the part of Republican politicians to kill the electric car.

    Sign the petition denouncing Gov. Christie for killing the electric car in New Jersey.

  • Sign the petition: Stop unprecedented Koch money

    The Kochs have already spent an unprecedented $30 million in an attempt to smear Democratic Senate candidates. In North Carolina, they have now aired a record FIVE THOUSAND attack ads, spending nearly $9 million to defeat Democrat Kay Hagan—more than all Democratic Groups have spent in every Senate battleground combined.

    If they are able to buy a Republican Senate majority, they stand to profit from unfair corporate tax breaks, looser regulations, and harmful tax loopholes for outsourcing jobs.

    But we won’t let them win. With your help, we can fight back. Join the DSCC's grassroots army to keep the Senate blue!

    Join Daily Kos and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in telling the Koch brothers and corporate special interests that we won’t let them buy a Republican Senate in 2014.

  • Sign the petition: Support Progressive Congress’ Better Off Budget to help Americans find decent jobs and save for the future

    Growing inequality and a Republican majority in Congress obsessed with slashing the budget has made it harder for working Americans to find decent jobs and save for the future.

    The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Better Off Budget reverses the damage budget austerity has inflicted on hard-working families and restores our economy to its full potential by creating 8.8 million jobs by 2017.

    Join Daily Kos, Social Security Works and Progressive Congress in supporting the Better Off Budget to help Americans find decent jobs and save for the future.

  • Sign and send the petition: Reject Michael Boggs’s nomination

    Michael Boggs is anti-choice, anti-civil rights, and anti-marriage equality—But for some reason he’s been nominated for a lifetime appointment to a federal district court.

    We need Democrats to stop this outrageous nomination right now because this is the sort of conservative nominee that Republicans would love to see on the court.

    One of your senators is a Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee. Their vote could be pivotal from keeping Michael Boggs from a lifetime appointment.

    Sign and send the petition: Reject Michael Boggs’s nomination to the U.S. District Court in Georgia.

  • Sign the petition: Remove David Koch from this board

    David Koch is a fossil fuel magnate and one of the largest funders of climate change misinformation. He’s also on the Board of Trustees or the Science Visiting Council for WGBH, a PBS affiliate whose mission is “fostering an informed and active citizenry.”

    It is reprehensible and irresponsible for an organization educating the public to include a board member who spends tens of millions of dollars misinforming the American public with anti-science climate rhetoric.

    Recent public pressure prompted Koch to resign from the board of New York’s WNET after questions of conflict of interest and self-censorship arose around the documentaries “Park Avenue: Money, Power, and the American Dream” and “Citizen Koch.”

    We need to make his next resignation happen now. Koch can resign voluntarily, or he should be forced to resign by the Board of Trustees.

    Sign the petition to WGBH: Remove David Koch from the Board of Trustees and Science Visiting Council.

  • Sign the petition: Tell Republicans to cut the impeachment talk

    Instead of focusing on issues that matter to the American people—like extending unemployment benefits or raising the minimum wage—Republicans in Congress are busy drumming up bogus charges to impeach President Obama.

    This is nothing new. After failing to beat him twice, Republicans impeached President Bill Clinton in his second term.

    Sign the petition: Enough of the impeachment talk. Get back to work.

  • Sign the petition: MoveOn is right—Louisiana should expand Medicaid

    MoveOn is putting pressure on Republicans who are blocking millions of low-income Americans from accessing quality health care by refusing to expand Medicaid. But Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal can’t stand the heat and the state is threatening legal action to stop MoveOn’s campaign.

    Last week, Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne publicly demanded MoveOn take down a billboard that criticized Jindal for preventing 242,000 low-income Louisianans from accessing Medicaid as part of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. Just days later, state officials threatened legal action again MoveOn.

    Sign the petition: Tell Bobby Jindal to expand Medicaid and stop the frivolous lawsuit threats.

  • Sign the petition: Denounce Darrell Issa

    Rep. Darrell Issa has used his chairmanship of the House Government Oversight Committee as a bully pulpit to peddle false right-wing conspiracies like Benghazi and the IRS scandal.

    Issa has used these investigations to rake in millions of dollars in campaign contributions, and may have even leaked confidential committee reports to Fox News—reports that he refuses to share with Democrats.

    But when ranking committee member Elijah Cummings spoke out on this and other issues at a hearing, Darrell Issa promptly cut off his microphone.

    Sign the petition denouncing Darrell Issa for his offensive tenure as House Government Oversight Committee Chair.

  • Sign the petition: Investigate Darrell Issa

    Rep. Darrell Issa has used his chairmanship of the House Government Oversight Committee as a bully pulpit to peddle false right-wing conspiracies like Benghazi and the IRS scandal.

    Issa has used these investigations to rake in millions of dollars in campaign contributions, and may have even leaked confidential committee reports to Fox News—reports that he refuses to share with Democrats.

    But when ranking committee member Elijah Cummings spoke out on this and other issues at a hearing, Darrell Issa promptly cut off his microphone.

    Sign the petition: Tell the House Ethics Committee to investigate Darrell Issa.

  • Sign the petition: Stop Georgia's extreme gun bill

    Georgia's extreme gun bill is close to passing.

    Nicknamed the “guns everywhere” bill, it would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry guns into churches, bars, airports, courthouses, and even kids' schools.

    The bill could win enough votes to pass the state senate. But Governor Deal and Lt. Governor Cagle have the power to stop it from becoming law.

    Please keep Georgia safe with Daily Kos and Americans for Responsible Solutions by stopping this extreme bill.

  • Tell the FCC: Stop this mega-merger!

    Comcast—already the country’s largest cable and internet service provider—wants to take over Time Warner, the country’s second-largest cable and internet provider.

    This deal is a huge threat to American consumers. It would give Comcast a presence in every major media market in the United States, strangle competition, and, considering Comcast’s ownership of NBC Universal—a major movie and television studio—creates a vertically integrated media monster.

    The FCC has a chance to stop this monster merger. We need to make sure they do.

    Join Daily Kos and CREDO by signing our petition to the FCC: Stop the Comcast-Time Warner merger.

  • Signature needed: Friday, March 7 is the deadline for comments to oppose Keystone XL

    The deadline for comments through Daily Kos has closed. You can continue to make comments at regulations.gov until 11:59 pm est on March 7.


  • Signature needed: One clever thing can reverse all food stamp cuts in your state

    When Congress slashed food stamps in February, 850,000 low-income families in 14 states plus D.C. stood to lose $90 of food assistance per month. But in a twist befitting the movies, there is still a way we can wipe out those cuts entirely.

    It's tricky to explain (you can read a full explanation here), but the bottom line is this: if a state were to increase its minimum monthly heating assistance benefit to $20 without kicking anyone out of the program, then no one in that state would face food stamp cuts.

    Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight of the 14 states—New York and Connecticut, and now Pennsylvania, Oregon, Montana, Rhode Island, Vermont and Massachusetts—plus DC have already done this. Executive orders by Govs. Andrew Cuomo, Dan Malloy, Tom Corbett, John Kitzhaber, Steve Bullock, Lincoln Chafee, Peter Shumlin and Deval Patrick increased the minimum heating assistance in their states to $20 a month, thereby preventing any food stamp cuts from taking place.

    Every state facing cuts can do this. Sign and send the petition demanding that your governor increase heating assistance to low-income families as a means of restoring their food stamp benefits.

  • Tell Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear: Don’t defend discrimination

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear—a Democrat—didn’t get the memo that it’s 2014 and the march of history is on the side of equality: Just minutes after Attorney General Jack Conway announced that he would not appeal a federal court order to recognize same-sex marriages, Beshear announced that he would hire outside counsel to appeal on the state’s behalf.

    Jack Conway bravely stood up for the rights of all Kentuckians, declaring that an appeal would be “defending discrimination”—and he’s right. That’s what makes Steve Beshear’s decision to appeal so outrageous.

    Sign the petition to Gov. Steve Beshear: Don’t defend discrimination.

  • Sign the petition: Tell Florida Republicans to stop endangering the health of 1 million residents, start complying with federal laws and accept the Medicaid expansion

    Florida isn't just turning away Medicaid expansion money—now they're jeopardizing *existing* funding.

    The state is trying to cap the number of emergency room visits for Medicaid patients, in defiance of federal law. As a result, the feds are threatening to pull their funding.

    Florida is already one of two dozen states where Republican politicians hate Obamacare so much that they refused the Medicaid expansion provided by the Affordable Care Act.

    Which means that one million low-income Floridians who qualify for Medicaid don’t have health insurance.

    Sign the petition to Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the GOP legislature to stop the political tantrum on Obamacare. Accept the Medicaid expansion, and comply with federal law.

  • Sign and send the petition: Support victims of military sexual assault

    The Department of Defense estimates that there were a shocking 26,000 instances of sexual assault in the military—in 2012 alone. But worse still: The chain of command has so badly and repeatedly failed to stand up for assault victims that the vast majority of these cases went unreported.

    A bill to reform the system, providing new protections and support for victims of military sexual assault, could come to a vote as early as this week and one or both of your senators is still on the fence.

    Sign and send the petition to your senators now: Support victims of military sexual assault.

  • Sign the petition: We can delay--even reduce--the devastating food stamp cuts

    Food stamp cuts impacting 850,000 families have passed Congress and been signed into law, but there is still a way to delay—or even reduce—these cuts.

    Here is the story: People who are receiving heating assistance qualify for increased food stamp assistance, so that families don’t have to choose between eating and heating their homes. But Congress moved the goal posts for these families, increasing the minimum amount of heating assistance required in order to qualify for an increase in food stamp benefits—effectively forcing poor families to make the choice between eating and heating.

    But the states facing cuts—most of which are blue states controlled by Democrats—can reduce the impact of food stamp cuts for their residents by increasing the amount of home heating assistance they provide to low-income families.

    The thing that states most need to reduce the food stamp cuts is time—and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack can give them that time by delaying the implementation of the food stamp cuts until the fall.

    Nearly 100 members of Congress are pushing Secretary Vilsack to delay the food stamp cuts until the fall, and he is expected to announce his decision as soon as next week.

    Sign this urgent petition to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack: Delay implementing food stamps cuts.

  • Sign the petition: Tell Congress to crack down on the $32 TRILLION hidden in offshore tax havens

    According to the nonpartisan Tax Justice Network, anywhere from 21 to 32 trillion dollars are hiding away in offshore tax havens. Yes, $32 trillion.

    While members of Congress use the deficit to slash safety net programs like food stamps and unemployment insurance, and while millions of Americans hussle to pay every cent they owe to the IRS on time, corporations and the uber rich are screwing over the entire country by stashing their money in offshore tax havens.

    This cannot stand. Sign our petition demanding Congress and President Obama take swift and decisive action to crack down on American use of offshore tax havens.

  • Sign the petition: Save early voting in Ohio

    Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says he’s cutting early voting on Sundays and weekday evenings—the times most popular for African-American early voters.

    In 2012, when Ohio Republicans first tried to cut back on early weekend voting, one local Republican official explained the GOP effort to end weekend voting as follows: "I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban—read African-American—voter turnout machine."

    The cuts to weekend and weekday evening early voting coincide with two new bills signed into law by Republican Gov. John Kasich—One to shorten the early voting period by six full days and another that eliminates same-day voter registration entirely.

    Ohio Republicans also recently passed a law reducing the number of voting machines in the state, which will increase wait time for voters at the polls.

    This has got to stop.

    Sign the petition to Jon Husted: No cuts to early voting hours or times. Absolutely no cuts to voter access at all.

  • Tell the GOP: Pregnant Women are Not "Hosts"

    This just in: A Virginia State Senator just called pregnant women "hosts." He said, ‘I'm not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child's host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn't want it."

    And coming from the party who brought us “legitimate rape” and “binders full of women,” the GOP has proven once again that they’re just totally out of touch with women.

    But this guy, Steve Martin, is only just saying what Republicans around the country think. That women are second class citizens who shouldn’t be responsible for managing their own body.

    EMILY’s List wants to help more pro-choice Democratic women get elected to public office at all levels of government, from the Virginia State Senate, to the White House so women can be in charge of their own bodies and their health decisions. Add your name to join EMILY’s List and Daily Kos to help stop the GOP.

  • Sign the petition to anti-gay zealots: Admit it’s over and give up

    In recent weeks, federal courts in Utah, Oklahoma, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia—and now Texas—have struck down all or part of anti-marriage constitutional amendments. Judges are siding with marriage equality every single time now.

    This does not count the twelve states that extended marriage to same-sex couples in the past two years.

    A wide majority of Americans is increasingly supportive of LGBT people. Facing a huge backlash, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed SB1062—which would have allowed businesses to discriminate against those who they object to for “religious” reasons. And Florida's Republican governor has said that he would veto such a bill as well.

    The bigots need to stop wasting everyone's time and money, admit it's over and just give up.

  • Sign the petition: Wall Street Democrats sold us out

    Wall Street Democrats like the so-called “centrists” at Third Way have sold us out. They use big money and media connections to undercut progressives like Sen. Elizabeth Warren and push their outrageously unpopular agenda: Cutting Social Security and Medicare.

    Wall Street Democrats don’t care about working families or working people. They’re just looking out for their own bottom lines.

    Sign the petition: Wall Street Democrats sold us out.

  • Sign and send the petition: Demand that your state accept Medicaid expansion and stop hospital closures

    The Affordable Care Act extends health care coverage by allowing more Americans to qualify for Medicaid, but the Supreme Court has ruled that states can choose to reject this expansion.

    Two dozen states—including Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia—have declined the federal funding, because Republican politicians hate Obamacare.

    As a direct result, four Georgia hospitals have shut down. Federal funding to hospitals was reduced by the law; they weren’t supposed to need it because the Medicaid expansion would mean that everyone’s care was covered. But that’s no longer the case, and now hospitals in North Carolina and Virginia are slated for closure as well.

    These hospitals primarily served rural poor communities, where a closure is devastating.

    Sign and send our petition to your state politicians now, demanding that they accept the Medicaid expansion—putting the health care of their constituents above politics.

  • Sign the petition to Nancy Pelosi: Time to file a discharge petition on immigration reform

    House Speaker John Boehner has refused to bring comprehensive immigration reform to a vote, because there are enough votes for it to pass—and that would make the Tea Party mad.

    Fortunately, we have a way out. If all 200 House Democrats plus 17 Republicans signed a “discharge petition,” we could bring immigration reform to the House floor for a vote.

    But Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi must start the process—and push her colleagues—to make that happen. Sign our petition to Pelosi, urging her to file a discharge petition.

  • Sign the petition: Stop allowing Republican senators to blackball pro-choice judges

    Michael Boggs, an anti-choice, anti-civil rights judge, is about to be confirmed by a Democratic U.S. Senate to a lifetime appointment to the federal courts in Georgia. How can this be happening?

    CREDO and Daily Kos have been working for years to fix the filibuster. It was a huge victory last year when the Senate changed its rules to allow for the confirmation of President Obama’s appointees, including judicial nominations, by an up-or-down vote.

    But it might surprise you that one senator, surprisingly a blue state Democrat with a 100 percent rating from NARAL and Planned Parenthood, is single-handedly allowing anti-choice senators who are willing to abuse Senate rules to blackball pro-choice, pro-civil rights nominees from states like Georgia.

    Sen. Patrick Leahy is the chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, which must approve President Obama’s judicial nominees before their nomination goes to the floor for a full Senate vote.

    But Sen. Leahy refuses to retire the Senate tradition known as “blue slips,” which effectively requires judicial nominees to obtain pre-approval from their home state senators before Sen. Leahy will take their nomination up in committee. So pro-choice nominees who come from states with even just one Republican senator can be prevented from ever receiving that crucial committee vote.

    Tell Sen. Patrick Leahy: We need judges who will protect a woman’s right to choose—stop allowing right-wing senators to blackball President Obama’s pro-choice nominees to the federal judiciary.

  • Sign the petition: Stand Up for Women's Rights

    Democrats know health care decisions are best made between a woman and her doctor.

    Frankly, 41 years (!) after Roe v. Wade, it is offensive that the Republican-controlled House even debates the topic.

    Stand with Daily Kos and Democrats who are fighting to protect women’s rights.

  • Sign the petition to Congress: Give America a Raise!

    Democrats know that in America, anybody who works full time should never have to raise a family in poverty.

    Stand with President Obama and Daily Kos and call on Republicans to stop the political games and raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10.

  • UPDATE: Brewer vetoes pro-discrimination bill

    Good news: Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed the bill.

    Click here to return to Daily Kos. Also, you can click here to sign our petition telling anti-gay bigots to just give up and stop wasting everyone's time.

    Thank you to the over 4,500 members of the Daily Kos community in Arizona who sent at least one email to Gov. Brewer, urging her to veto the bill! The form below has been turned off and will not send emails to Governor Brewer.

  • Tell Michele Bachmann: You’re Wrong

    Tea party sweetheart Michele Bachmann doesn’t think the US is “ready” for a woman president.

    Well, we’re here to tell her that she’s wrong. The United States is absolutely ready for a woman president.

    We know it isn’t going to be easy, and that the Republicans are going to say & do anything to stop us. Heck, this statement is coming from a woman who ran for president herself in 2012. But despite what she might say, we are absolutely ready to elect a woman.

    EMILY’s List is working to elect pro-choice Democratic women to public office across the country from city halls to the White House. We’ve been helping women win for over 25 years, and we have no plans to slow down anytime soon. We’re going to make 2016 the year we put a woman in the White House.

    If you think that Michele Bachmann is wrong, and that we are absolutely ready to see a woman in the White House, join EMILY’s List today. We need your help to elect a woman in 2016 – let’s get started today.

  • Sign the petition: Tell Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the “OK-to-discriminate” bill

    The Arizona legislature has passed a bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers—or any other customers who they claim it would be against their religion to serve.

    Gov. Jan Brewer has until the end of the week to sign or veto the bill. She has not taken a position yet, despite having vetoed an earlier version last year.

    Right-wing bigots are pushing such “OK-to-discriminate” bills in state legislatures across the country, and we must make sure they lose in Arizona.

    Sign our petition urging Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to say “no” to discrimination and veto SB 1062.

  • Sign the petition: The Justice Department’s priorities are messed up

    This week, an 84-year-old nun was sentenced to three years in prison for deliberately trespassing at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Tennessee facility to protest nuclear weapons.

    But while the Justice Department threw the book at Sister Megan Rice, no banker has been prosecuted in the five years since Wall Street tanked the economy. The Justice Department’s priorities are messed up and flat-out wrong.

    Sign the petition: 84-year-old nuns protesting nuclear weapons shouldn't spend more time in jail than Wall Street bankers.

  • Sign the petition to Senator Dean Heller: Support a House discharge petition on immigration reform

    Nevada’s Dean Heller was one of only 14 Senate Republicans who voted for immigration reform—but House Republicans have refused to bring it to a vote.

    Now, Heller predicts that immigration reform would pass the House—if only it came to a vote. He even went further, predicting that all Nevada House Republicans would vote “yes.”

    But what is he doing about it to make sure that happens?

    All we need is 17 House Republicans to sign a “discharge petition” to bypass Speaker John Boehner, and bring immigration reform to the House floor.

    Sign our petition to Senator Dean Heller and tell him to endorse a House discharge petition for immigration reform.

  • Sign the petition: I come from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party

    Wall Street Dems know populists like Elizabeth Warren are gaining influence with the Democratic base. Horrified, these Dems have launched an attack throughout corporate media that threatens electoral doom for the Democratic Party if it dares stand up to Wall Street.

    That’s because Wall Street Democrats have billions to lose when smart populists like Elizabeth Warren push legislation that is not only good public policy, but great politics.

    For decades, they could keep us at bay with the “electability” canard—haunting Democrats with the ghost of George McGovern. But with more Democrats like Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, Tammy Baldwin and Jeff Merkley winning tough races, that scare tactic is toast.

    Wall Street Democrats should be spooked. The future of the Democratic Party is a populist one, and all that's left is to whittle out the dead weight.

    Sign the petition to let Wall Street Democrats know where you stand: I come from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

  • Sign the petition to denounce Ted Cruz’s offensive, intolerant anti-marriage equality bill

    Ted Cruz is trying to dismantle all of the work we've done for equality by introducing a bill to COMPLETELY ban federal marriage equality. This intolerant anti-marriage bill is unacceptable and needs to be stopped.

    2014 is a crucial year for Democrats in the Senate, and this backwards bill is just another reminder of how important it is that we keep the Senate blue in 2014.

    Don’t let Ted Cruz get in the way of progress. Help us keep the momentum going. Join Senate Democrats in denouncing Ted Cruz’s offensive anti-equality bill.

    Join Daily Kos and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) in denouncing Ted Cruz's offensive, intolerant anti-marriage equality bill.

  • Stand for Women’s Health: Support the Women’s Health Protection Act

    Attacks on women’s health are happening all across the country.

    • Louisiana just tried to close ALL the state’s abortion clinics;
    • At least ten states require ultrasounds for women seeking abortion care, even when doctors say there’s no need;
    • The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill last month that could end insurance coverage for abortion;
    • The Supreme Court will soon decide whether bosses can undermine the Affordable Care Act and endanger women’s health by denying their employees insurance coverage for birth control without co-pays;
    • And last year, states enacted the second-highest number of abortion restrictions… ever!

    They are relentless, reckless and morally reprehensible.

    The good news is that there’s a way to fight back: the Women’s Health Protection Act.

    The Women’s Health Protection Act would allow women to make personal health care decisions unhindered by medically unnecessary restrictions designed to make it harder to access abortion care.

    So please join Daily Kos and the National Partnership for Women & Families to encourage your Senators to become co-sponsors of the Women’s Health Protection Act. Please sign and send the petition to your Senators by following the instructions below.

  • Sign the petition to Volkswagen: Bring new plants to union-friendly states

    Republican Sen. Bob Corker helped spike the outcome of a union election at a Tennessee Volkswagen plant by claiming—without evidence—that a vote to unionize would jeopardize VW’s plans to expand production in the south.

    Turns out Corker was absolutely, completely, 100 percent wrong: Volkswagen wanted the plant to unionize and now the company is reconsidering expansion in states hostile to unions because the plant did not unionize.

    You read that right: Bob Corker was so desperate to stop a plant from unionizing that he may have just cost his state thousands of new jobs.

    Tell Volkswagen: Invest in American workers—Bring new plants to union-friendly states.

  • Sign the petition: Demand an end to Republican gerrymandering.

    Every decade, following the census, states are tasked with redrawing voting district lines based on population shifts within the state. Ideally, this should be done in a fair, nonpartisan way, but that isn’t the reality. Instead, we have gerrymandered districts drawn to heavily favor incumbent power structures and marginalize opponents.

    Before the next redistricting in 2020, we need an equitable solution to end gerrymandering so we can have a better functioning democracy. Let’s start now by electing politicians who will work towards a nonpartisian solution for redistricting.

    Here are a few reasons Democrats should work to achieve a nonpartisian-redistricting plan:

    • The will of the people leans Democratic. By creating more equitable voting districts Democrats will come out on top.
    • Republicans are willing to fight fire with more fire, even if it burns down the house. We can’t redistrict them out of power, because they will do the same, only worse.


    Please sign the petition calling for an end to the practice of gerrymandering by creating a fair solution to redistricting that doesn’t benefit an incumbent political party.

  • Sign the petition to state politicians: Stop the Obamacare sabotage

    The Affordable Care Act allows millions of more Americans to qualify for Medicaid, but the Supreme Court said that states can refuse the expansion.

    And to date, 25 states have opted out of Medicaid—even though the federal government would pay for it—simply because Republicans hate Obamacare.

    In other words, state politicians are denying health care coverage to millions of their constituents. In some states, it’s the governor’s fault. In others, it’s the state legislature.

    A recent Harvard study found that this will result in eight million uninsured Americans, and up to 17,000 premature and avoidable deaths.

    Sign our petition to Republican state politicians: stop sabotaging Obamacare. Put the lives of your constituents above politics, and accept the Medicaid expansion.

  • Sign the petition: Repeal all “stand your ground” laws in 25 states

    Twenty-five states have a “stand your ground” law on their books, where vigilantes with guns can take the law into their own hands. And there are many more examples than Trayvon Martin where it resulted in a senseless death.

    In a system that is already racially imbalanced, these laws only make it worse. White defendants like George Zimmerman who kill black people are far more likely to get acquitted than the reverse.

    As Attorney General Eric Holder said, “it’s time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods.” Sign our petition, urging state legislatures to repeal their “stand your ground” laws.

  • Sign the petition: Repeal all “shoot first” laws in 24 states

    Twenty-four states have a “shoot first” law on their books, where vigilantes with guns can take the law into their own hands. And there are many more examples than Trayvon Martin where it resulted in a senseless death.

    In a system that is already racially imbalanced, these laws only make it worse. White defendants like George Zimmerman who kill black people are far more likely to get acquitted than the reverse.

    As Attorney General Eric Holder said, “it’s time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods.” Sign our petition, urging state legislatures to repeal their “shoot first” laws.

  • Sign the petition: End Republican obstruction

    Three months after Senate Democrats nuked the filibuster for most executive and judicial nominees, Republicans are still refusing to allow votes on qualified and non-controversial nominees.

    Their new tactics:

    • Object to any appeal for unanimous consent, delaying votes for nominees by days or even weeks
    • Force the Senate to use the maximum allowed time to debate each nominee—that’s two hours for every district court nominee, 30 hours for every circuit court nominee and eight hours for sub-cabinet nominees—which would take months of the Senate’s time
    • Blatant abuse the Senate’s “blue slip” tradition, which effectively give senators veto power over nominees to courts in their home states

    Republicans will do whatever it takes to stop even basic governance—and Democrats need to fight back. We can kill Senate Republicans’ latest tactics by limiting the time for debate, ending blue slips, and restoring the talking filibuster.

    Sign the petition to Senate Democrats: End Republican obstruction and restore the talking filibuster.

  • Demand Mitch McConnell denounce the Chamber of Commerce for suggesting that Mitch McConnell doesn't want a full repeal of Obamacare

    The Chamber of Commerce has released an offensive new ad that strongly suggests Mitch McConnell doesn't support a full repeal of Obamacare.

    Mitch McConnell is a true patriot who supports full repeal of Obamacare -- like all true patriots -- so he should be disgusted with the Chamber of Commerce for alleging that he is open to a reasonable debate and compromise. To prove this, he should immediately denounce them for this ad.

    Sign the petition: Demand that Mitch McConnell immediately denounce the Chamber of Commerce for alleging he’s a socialist ready to embrace of Obamacare.

  • Sign and share the petition: Give everyone the option to bank at the Post Office

    President Obama was clear in his State of the Union address—Income inequality is a top priority for his administration and he’s willing to go around Congress and use executive orders to address it.

    Well, here’s one big way he can that no one is talking about: Postal banking—Letting the Post Office offer basic banking services to customers, like low-interest savings accounts, debit cards and even some simple types of loans.

    The United States had a postal banking service until 1967 and many countries across the world still have one today.

    An estimated 68 million people live in “bank deserts,” areas without access to financial services. The big banks don’t want to serve these people because they’re mostly poor, leaving them to be gouged by check-cashing shops and payday lenders. Postal banking could save low-income families who rely on these services thousands of dollars a year. But Post Offices maintain offices that service people in bank deserts already.

    What’s more, postal banking could provide a new revenue stream for the Post Office. This is a win-win-win: Cuts down on predatory businesses, saves low-income families money, and helps shore up the Post Office’s finances and the hundreds of thousands of jobs and pensions it supports.

    Sign and share the petition: Give everyone the option to bank at the Post Office.

  • Sign and send the petition to your state politicians: Put health care ahead of politics

    The Affordable Care Act allows millions of more Americans to qualify for Medicaid, but the Supreme Court said that states can refuse the expansion.

    And to date, 25 states have opted out—even though the federal government would pay for it—simply because Republicans hate Obamacare.

    In other words, state politicians are denying health care coverage to millions of their constituents. In some states, it’s the governor’s fault. In others, it’s the state legislature.

    A recent Harvard study found that this will result in eight million uninsured Americans, and up to 17,000 premature and avoidable deaths.

    If you live in one of these 25 states, please sign and send a petition: urging your state politician to accept the Medicaid expansion.

  • Sign the petition to President Obama and USDA: Dump the filthy chicken rule

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering a rule change that would privatize poultry inspection—allowing companies to inspect chicken and turkey carcasses themselves.

    What happens if birds are contaminated with feces? The rule allows companies to douse them with more chemicals, while jacking up assembly line speeds to three birds per second.

    USDA will be finalizing a decision soon, so we must act now. Sign our petition to President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack: Reject the “filthy chicken rule.”

  • Tell the FCC: Stop this mega-merger!

    Comcast—already the country’s largest cable and internet service provider—wants to take over Time Warner, the country’s second-largest cable and internet provider.

    This deal is a huge threat to American consumers. It would give Comcast a presence in every major media market in the United States, strangle competition, and, considering Comcast’s ownership of NBC Universal—a major movie and television studio—creates a vertically integrated media monster.

    The FCC has a chance to stop this monster merger. We need to make sure they do.

    Join ColorOfChange and Daily Kos by signing the petition to the FCC: Stop the Comcast-Time Warner merger.

  • Sign the petition: Demand that House members sign a discharge petition to pass immigration reform

    In the House, there are enough votes to pass the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform bill—but Speaker John Boehner refuses to allow a vote.

    If all 200 House Democrats plus 17 Republicans sign a “discharge petition,” we can bring immigration reform to the House floor for a vote—with or without Boehner.

    Democrats and reform advocates had previously backed off on the idea of the discharge petition, hoping that common sense would prevail with the Republican caucus.

    But with Boehner declaring immigration reform dead for the year, we have no choice—and now Democrats like Senator Chuck Schumer have endorsed this approach.

    Sign our petition to the U.S. House—demanding that members sign a “discharge petition” to bring immigration reform to a floor vote.

  • Tell the FCC: Stop this mega-merger!

    Comcast—already the country’s largest cable and internet service provider—wants to take over Time Warner, the country’s second-largest cable and internet provider.

    This deal is a huge threat to American consumers. It would give Comcast a presence in every major media market in the United States, strangle competition, and, considering Comcast’s ownership of NBC Universal—a major movie and television studio—creates a vertically integrated media monster.

    The FCC has a chance to stop this monster merger. We need to make sure they do.

    Sign the petition to the FCC: Stop the Comcast-Time Warner merger.

  • Tell Sen. Bob Corker to stop intimidating workers and threatening his own constituents

    Workers at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant are voting on whether to join a union—and the company, to its credit, is neutral.

    But Republican Sen. Bob Corker is trying to intimidate the workers and swing the outcome of the election, making public claims that he has been “assured” that Volkswagen will build a new product in its Chattanooga plant—if the workers reject a union.

    If Volkswagen had made such public threats themselves, it would be illegal under labor law.

    Sign the petition to Volkswagen America CEO Michael Horn: Tell Sen. Bob Corker to stop intimidating workers, and denounce the threats Corker has made in an attempt to alter the outcome of an ongoing unionization election.

  • Tell Sen. Corker to stop intimidating workers during their election to form a union

    Sen. Bob Corker has made some very serious intimidating, threats intended to sway the outcome of a union election at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

    Here’s what Sen. Corker said:

    "I've had conversations today and based on those am assured that should the workers vote against the UAW, Volkswagen will announce in the coming weeks that it will manufacture its new mid-size SUV here in Chattanooga," said [Sen. Bob] Corker, without saying with whom he had the conversations.

    Corker hasn’t cited a source for this comment and previous statements from Volkswagen indicates this is not accurate. It seems like Corker’s statement is solely intended to dissuade workers from forming another union in Tennessee.

    Please sign and send the emergency message to Sen. Corker demanding he stop intimidating workers and threatening his own constituents with economic misery in order to swing the results of an election to unionize.

  • Thank EMILY's List Senators!

    President Obama's State of the Union address called attention to the growing inequalities between male and female workers in the United States.

    Women already receive disproportionate salaries, and the current minimum wage only makes it worse.

    An increase to $10.10 per hour would help change the lives of 15 million women across the United States.

    Senators Elizabeth Warren, Barbara Mikulski and Tammy Baldwin joined together in the fight for fair wages. Will you join them and fight for an increase in minimum wage?

    Join Daily Kos in thanking these EMILY's List women & learn how you can help us elect even more pro-choice women to Congress.

  • Sign the petition to Gov. Rick Scott: Take action to expand Medicaid in Florida

    The Affordable Care Act allows millions of more Americans to qualify for Medicaid, but only if states accept the federal money. So far, Florida's Republican legislature has refused.

    Gov. Rick Scott claims to support the Medicaid expansion, but did nothing to get it through the state legislature—where it went down to defeat.

    As a result, 1.3 million Floridians are shut out of affordable health insurance. Worse, according to a Harvard Study, over 2,000 will die prematurely and avoidably. That’s six Floridians a day.

    Sign the petition from Daily Kos and the Florida Democratic Party: Rick Scott must take action to expand Medicaid in Florida now.

  • Sign the petition to John Boehner: Let us pass ENDA!

    One would think that in the 21st Century, protections against such discrimination would be common sense and easily passed. That we could all agree that no one should be fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

    The Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) with a strong bipartisan majority, but John Boehner has indicated he will not allow the bill to come to the House floor.

    Join Daily Kos and Lois Frankel for Congress in urging Boehner to let us pass ENDA.

  • Sign the petition to Congress: Protect voting rights for ex-felons

    In most states, convicted felons lose the right to vote—but after completing their sentence, have it restored. In other words, after they’ve paid their dues.

    But in eleven states—including Florida and Arizona—felons permanently lose the right to vote. Forever.

    Because of who gets arrested, tried and convicted, one in 13 African Americans is now disenfranchised.

    Sign the petition to Congress: Pass a federal law protecting the voting rights of ex-felons, granting them the right to vote after they complete their sentence.

  • Boehner just folded, big time. Tell Democrats not to cave to Republican obstruction or hostage-taking -- ever

    Republicans just caved big time. After months of posturing, John Boehner brought a bill to raise the debt ceiling to the floor of the House, and it passed -- with no strings attached.

    So just as a reminder, here’s what happens when Democrats unite against Republican hostage-taking and obstruction:

    • Government shutdown: Democrats won
    • Debt ceiling crisis: Democrats won
    • Filibuster reform: Democrats won
    • Debt ceiling, part two: Democrats won

    There’s a lesson to be learned here: Democrats have the facts and public opinion backing them up on virtually every issue that comes before Congress -- and when they stand together in the face of Republican hostage-taking and obstruction, they win.

    Sign the petition to Democrats: We win when we stand strong. Don’t cave to Republican obstruction or hostage-taking -- ever.

  • Sign the petition: Tell North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to stop protecting polluters and start protecting North Carolina's people

    On February 3, a Duke Energy coal ash pond ruptured—spilling more than 80,000 tons of coal ash into North Carolina’s Dan River. That’s enough toxic sludge to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

    In the past year, three Clean Water Act lawsuits were filed against Duke Energy—and each time, the North Carolina Department of the Environment and Natural Resources blocked any federal enforcement by intervening to craft a toothless “settlement.”

    It’s no wonder. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory worked at Duke Energy for 28 years.

    Sign our petition to Gov. McCrory: Stop protecting polluters and poisoning your own people. Allow the federal authorities to do their job enforcing the Clean Water Act.

  • Sign and send the petition: Put sexual assault prosecutions in the hands of prosecutors, not military commanders

    Sen. Claire McCaskill is doing the unthinkable—caving to pressure from military brass and siding with Republicans like John McCain and Lindsey Graham to filibuster a bill that offer new protections to victims of sexual assault in the military.

    There’s an epidemic of sexual assaults in the military, with over 26,000 cases reported in 2012 alone. Worse still, one in five women in the military has been the victim of unwanted sexual contact, but the majority of cases have gone unreported to the chain of command—a system that has repeatedly failed to stand up for victims.

    A coalition of nearly 60 senators from across the political spectrum—from Kirsten Gillibrand and Elizabeth Warren to Rand Paul and Ted Cruz—have come together to tackle this crisis head-on. They support taking the power to prosecute sexual assaults out of the hands of military commanders and giving it to impartial and independent prosecutors, a system most of America’s allies already use.

    But the powerful military lobby opposes major reform—and Claire McCaskill is siding with them.

  • Sign the petition: Tell President Obama to stop nominating corporatists to federal courts

    Just ten of President Obama's judicial nominees—fewer than 4 percent—have worked as public interest lawyers, and only 10 others have experience representing workers in labor disputes.

    But a staggering 71 percent of judicial nominees have been corporate lawyers.

    Simply put, the judicial system is overwhelmingly stacked in favor of big corporate interests. Now, we have an opportunity to change that.

    Senate Democrats nuked the filibuster for judicial nominees, but there are still more than 50 vacancies that President Obama needs to fill—and now’s the time to fill them with qualified nominees who will stand up to big corporate interests and for working families.

    Tell President Obama: Stop nominating corporatists to federal courts.

  • Sign the petition: Tell Congress to stop blocking the restoration of emergency unemployment benefits

    Congress allowed emergency unemployment benefits to expire last December. Every week we delay, another 70,000 people lose their unemployment insurance.

    That’s more families giving up medications, missing rent and mortgage payments, or unable to find the money to put gas in their car to get to a job interview. It’s time for us to act.

    Join Daily Kos and Senator Cory Booker in urging the Senate to stop blocking the restoration of unemployment benefits for families who desperately need them.

  • Sign and support: The Government by the People Act––the public campaign finance bill

    We must break the dependence on big money so that Congress is focused on the people’s priorities. Congress should be accountable to the people that elected them, not the big money donors funding their campaigns.

    The Government By the People Act reduces the influence of big money campaign donors and increases the voices of everyday Americans.

    It’s simple. Instead of raising money from big donors, candidates will raise a large number of small contributions from grassroots donors.

    • Contributions of $1 to $150 would be matched on a six-to-one basis by a public fund––which is paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes and giveaways, not by individual taxpayers.
    • Contributors would get a refundable “My Voice” tax credit of $25.
    • Each candidate’s public funding would be capped at a certain amount, and there would be strict enforcement of campaign finance laws, including disclosure of all donations.

    We can have a better system that demands Congress be held accountable to the people, instead of big donors. Sign the petition from Daily Kos, Progressives United, USAction, and Working Families to become a citizen co-sponsor of the Government by the People Act (H.R. 20).

  • Tell Chris Christie to Come Clean!

    This doesn’t look good for Chris Christie.

    After weeks of denying it, brand new reports are coming in saying New Jersey Governor Chris Christie actually knew about Bridgegate as New Jerseyans sat stuck in traffic – and there is evidence to prove it.

    Remember, this is a guy with his sights set on a presidential run in 2016!

    This may have started as a local news story about a traffic jam, but it’s so much more than that. If the latest revelation is true, Christie appears to be a man who will harm regular citizens to damage a political rival, and he has no business in the White House.

    Stand with Daily Kos and Democrats calling on Chris Christie to tell us the truth about Bridgegate — once and for all.

  • Sign and send the petition to your governor: Expand Medicaid and save lives

    The Affordable Care Act allows millions of more Americans to qualify for Medicaid, but the Supreme Court said that states can refuse the expansion.

    Twenty-four states have opted out—even though the federal government would pay for it—simply because Republicans hate Obamacare.

    In other words, many Republican governors and state legislatures are denying health care coverage to millions of their constituents, and it is literally a matter of life or death.

    A recent Harvard study shows that states rejecting the Medicaid expansion will mean eight million uninsured Americans, and up to 17,000 premature and avoidable deaths.

    If you live in one of these states, please sign and send a petition to your governor: urging them to accept the Medicaid expansion. Personalizing your message with your own story goes a long way to make these letters more effective.

  • Sign the petition to John Boehner: Raise the minimum wage to $10.10

    Millions of Americans work full time jobs, but still live below the poverty line.

    Why? Because they work for the minimum wage.

    Making the federal minimum wage means working 40 hours a week and earning just $15,000 a year! No one that works hard deserves to live in poverty. But Speaker Boehner and the Tea Party refuse to allow a vote on a minimum wage increase.

    Join Daily Kos and House Majority PAC to tell John Boehner: Allow a vote on the minimum wage now.

  • Sign the petition demanding this Texas family not have to pay medical bills mandated by this awful Texas law

    An arcane Texas law allowed John Peter Smith Hospital to override a family's decision to remove a brain-dead woman from life support––because she was 14 weeks pregnant.

    After months of struggling with Texas courts and the hospital to respect her predetermined wishes, the family was finally able to put the mother and unborn fetus to rest––ending the torment this family has endured.

    But this hellish nightmare isn’t over. The grieving husband has begun to receive medical bills for his wife’s unwanted and contentious treatment.

    Overzealous sanctity of life laws to protect unborn children have forced the living members of this family-father and young son–to endure emotional stress and now financial hardship.

    Sign the petition demanding that this family not be held accountable for medical bills the state and hospital racked up––urge them to foot the bill and address this law immediately.

  • Sign the petition: Bullying broke children like this should get you fired

    A “child-nutrition manager” at Uintah Elementary School in Salt Lake City seized up to 40 kids’ lunches and threw them in the trash because of outstanding balances on their accounts.

    The school district says the “child-nutrition manager” was investigating the school because of the large number of students who had zero or negative balances on their school lunch accounts.

    Because lunches are not paid for until after students are served, lunches were confiscated from the students unable to pay and thrown in the garbage—in front of them and their peers.

    You read that right: A so-called “child-nutrition manager” took kids’ lunches away from them—after they had already been served—and threw them in the garbage because they couldn’t pay.

    The school district has said that the situation should have been handled differently, but has not commented on how the staff person who seized and disposed of the lunches is being reprimanded, if at all.

    This situation is reprehensible at every level. A school district official taking children’s lunches and publicly humiliating them is nothing short of professional bullying and it proves that this person is unfit to work with children.

    Sign the petition: Fire the “child-nutrition manager” who threw 40 kids’ school lunches in the garbage.

  • Sign and send a petition to your Senator: Food stamp cuts hurt blue states

    The U.S. House just passed a Farm Bill that cuts food stamps by $8.7 billion, and it now faces a vote in the Senate soon. But it’s worse than you think.

    Almost all of the food stamp cuts come from 16 states and the District of Columbia--the rest of the nation is left virtually untouched.

    Further, 15 of these 16 states voted for President Obama twice, and 28 of its 32 senators are Democrats. In other words, these cuts are targeted overwhelmingly at poor folks in blue states.

    Democrats who vote for the Farm Bill are forcing their own constituents and voters to bear the overwhelming burden of food stamp cuts.

    If you live in one of these 16 states, sign and send our petition to your senators—urging them to reject the Farm Bill when it comes to a vote on the Senate floor.

  • Sign the petition: Denounce Michael Grimm for voting against a woman’s right to choose, cutting food stamps and threatening a reporter with violence—all in 24 hours

    It was a busy 24 hours for Congressman Michael Grimm.

    On Tuesday at 5:00 p.m., he waged the War on Women by voting to restrict reproductive health choices.

    Then on Tuesday at 11:00 p.m., he threatened a TV news reporter with physical violence.

    And on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., he attacked low-income children, seniors and the working poor by voting to cut food stamps.

    Join Daily Kos and Domenic Recchia for Congress in denouncing Michael Grimm for assaulting a woman’s right to choose, slashing food stamps and threatening a reporter with physical violence.

  • Sign the petition: Denounce the U.S. House for cutting food stamps, and urge the Senate to hold the line on cuts

    By a vote of 251-166, the U.S. House passed a Farm Bill that was made behind closed doors, gave huge subsidies to agribusiness—and cut food stamps by over $8 billion.

    This is absolutely unacceptable. Food stamp recipients have already been hit hard, and soup kitchens are running out of food.

    The Farm Bill now goes to the Democratically-controlled U.S. Senate—where it faces a vote later this week.

    Sign our petition, denouncing the U.S. House for cutting food stamps—and urging the U.S. Senate to hold the line on these cuts.

  • Sign the petition: Give everyone the option to bank at the Post Office.

    President Obama was clear in his State of the Union address—Income inequality is a top priority for his administration and he’s willing to go around Congress and use executive orders to address it.

    Well, here’s one big way he can that no one is talking about: Postal banking—Letting the Post Office offer basic banking services to customers, like low-interest savings accounts, debit cards and even some simple types of loans.

    The United States had a postal banking service until 1967 and many countries across the world still have one today.

    An estimated 68 million people live in “bank deserts,” areas without access to financial services. The big banks don’t want to serve these people because they’re mostly poor, leaving them to be gouged by check-cashing shops and payday lenders. Postal banking could save low-income families who rely on these services thousands of dollars a year. But Post Offices maintain offices that service people in bank deserts already.

    What’s more, postal banking could provide a new revenue stream for the Post Office. This is a win-win-win: Cuts down on predatory businesses, saves low-income families money, and helps shore up the Post Office’s finances and the hundreds of thousands of jobs and pensions it supports.

    Sign the petition: Give everyone the option to bank at the Post Office.

  • Sign and send the petition to Sen. Debbie Stabenow: Don’t cut food stamps for Michiganders
    “That was the first time in history that a Democratic-controlled Senate had even proposed cutting the SNAP program. The willingness of some Senate Democrats to double new cuts to the program is unthinkable.” -- Joel Berg, New York City Coalition Against Hunger.

    As Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) is the chief Democratic sponsor of a Farm Bill that would cut food stamps by over $8 billion.

    Her press release calls it $8 billion in “nutritional savings,” and even brags that the bill would make it harder for states to increase food stamp benefits for low-income people.

    She also claims the bill only stops “fraud and misuse”—although the food stamp cuts are twice what Stabenow first proposed to the Senate, when she voted against an amendment that would have stopped the cuts by curbing foreign agribusiness subsidies.

    Already, 1.8 million Michiganders experienced devastating food stamp cuts in the fall—and now these cuts would only make things worse. In Wayne County (the state’s largest county), nearly 30% of residents rely on food stamps—roughly double the national average.

    As a Michigan voter, please sign and send our petition to Sen. Stabenow—demanding that she not cut food stamps for the state’s most vulnerable residents.

  • Attack groups can't stop Wendy Davis!

    An extreme group has come out of the woodwork. Their goal seems to be to answer one question: Can we defeat Wendy Davis?

    The answer isn’t up to them. It’s up to us.

    These attack groups will keep coming after Wendy. And whether or not she can fight back will depend on whether or not supporters like you stand with her.

    Sign up below to stand with Wendy Davis.

  • Sign the petition: Thanks, President Obama. Now, Congress, it's your turn to raise the wage.

    With national and global inequality growing rapidly, politicians must step up and take action to close the gap. One of the easiest ways to do this is to raise the minimum wage.

    Raising the minimum wage helps put money in the hands of those who need it and spend it, thus stimulating demand and resulting in much-needed job growth.

    By raising the minimum wage, taxpayers foot less of the bill for things like food stamps, heating assistance, and Medicaid. Instead, that burden is shifted back where it belongs––on corporations who should be using their record profits to pay their employees a living wage.

    President Obama has taken a step in the right direction by using the power of his office to raise the minimum wage for all federal employees. Now, Congress should do the same for all Americans.

    Sign the petition both thanking President Obama for using an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal workers, and also calling on Congress to follow his example by passing a law raising the minimum wage for all workers.

  • Sign the petition: Urge Congress to raise the minimum wage

    With national and global inequality growing rapidly, politicians must step up and take action to close the gap. One of the easiest ways to do this is to raise the minimum wage.

    Raising the minimum wage helps put money in the hands of those who need it and spend it, thus stimulating demand and resulting in much-needed job growth.

    By raising the minimum wage, taxpayers foot less of the bill for things like food stamps, heating assistance, and Medicaid. Instead, that burden is shifted back where it belongs––on corporations who should be using their record profits to pay their employees a living wage.

    President Obama has taken a step in the right direction by using the power of his office to raise the minimum wage for all federal employees. Now, Congress should do the same for all Americans.

    Sign the petition to Congress urging them to raise the minimum wage for all workers, following the example set by President Obama, who just used an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal workers.

  • Sign the thank you to President Obama for raising the minimum wage for federal workers

    With national and global inequality growing rapidly, politicians must step up and take action to close the gap. One of the easiest ways to do this is to raise the minimum wage.

    Raising the minimum wage helps put money in the hands of those who need it and spend it, thus stimulating demand and resulting in much-needed job growth.

    By raising the minimum wage, taxpayers foot less of the bill for things like food stamps, heating assistance, and Medicaid. Instead, that burden is shifted back where it belongs––on corporations who should be using their record profits to pay their employees a living wage.

    President Obama has taken a step in the right direction by using the power of his office to raise the minimum wage for all federal employees. Now, Congress should do the same for all Americans.

    Sign the thank you petition to President Obama for using an executive order to overcome Republican obstruction and raise the minimum wage of all federal workers.

  • Call your House member: Stop the backroom deal that cuts food stamps.

    The new “compromise” Farm Bill—which cuts food stamps another $8 billion—is scheduled to be voted on tomorrow.

    We can defeat this bill, if enough constituents call their members today.

    Please enter your zip code at the bottom of this form to find your House member’s phone number.

    Do not click the “submit” button. Instead, pick up the phone and call. Here are some talking points to help you leave a message.

    • I am a constituent of the Congressmember, and am demanding they vote “no” on the proposed Farm Bill because it cuts food stamps by $8 billion.

    • Nearly half of all food stamp recipients are children—with the rest being the elderly, disabled and the working poor.

    • At a time when soup kitchens are running out of food, this is not the time to be cutting food stamps at all. Congress should look at ways to increase funding.

    • The Farm Bill has billions in subsidies to large agribusiness, with far more likelihood of “fraud” than the meager dollars going to food stamp recipients.

    • This “compromise” Farm Bill was crafted behind closed doors. How many of these food stamp recipients were consulted?

    • I will remember the House member’s vote come election time.

    • How does the House member plan to vote on the Farm Bill—yes or no?

    After the call, please re-share this on Facebook—and urge your friends to call their House member today as well.

  • UPDATE: Tell your senator: Stop the backroom deal that cuts food stamps.

    After months of backroom deals and negotiations, a “compromise” Farm Bill passed the House 251-166 on Wednesday, January 29th.

    And this Farm Bill—which some Democrats helped negotiate—would cut food stamps another $8 billion.

    This is unacceptable. Food stamp recipients are barely struggling to get by as it is, with soup kitchens already running out of food.

    The bill now goes to the Democratic-controlled Senate, where we have a chance to help defeat it. While the Senate voted to cut food stamps last summer, this bill would more than double these cuts.

    Sign and send our petition to your senator today, urging them to vote “no” on any Farm Bill that cuts food stamps.

  • Sign the petition: Denounce John Boehner for letting “very predictable disaster” happen

    The Republican shutdown in October cost over $24 billion, disrupted thousands of lives and caused global market instability.

    This week, House Speaker John Boehner admitted the shutdown was a “very predictable disaster”—but he went along with Tea Party extremists in his own caucus.

    Sign our petition, denouncing John Boehner for letting this “very predictable disaster” happen.

  • Sign the petition: Denounce Mike Huckabee

    FOX News host and former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee just delivered a speech at the RNC’s winter meeting in Washington. Here are some highlights: He believes birth control coverage makes women "helpless." He also told Republican leaders that Democrats convince women they "cannot control their libido or reproductive system without the help of the government." And the scariest part is that he thinks they’re going to be able to convince voters that they’re the new party for women. We’re not going to stand for that.

    Join EMILY’s List and Daily Kos to denounce Mike Huckabee for his disgusting & offensive comments about women.

  • Actions speak louder than words: Tell the World Economic Forum to tackle wealth inequality

    A mere 85 people control as much wealth as the bottom half of the world's population.

    Meanwhile, the World Economic Forum has its annual conference in Davos, Switzerland this week, with 2,500 of the world’s top business C.E.O.’s and political leaders.

    Many of the 85 richest people are currently in attendance.

    In November 2013, the World Economic Forum issued a report where it ranked widening income disparities as the second greatest worldwide risk in the coming two years.

    Oxfam International has called on all attendees at the World Economic Forum to take the following steps at tackling income inequality:

    • Not dodge taxes in their own countries or in countries where they invest and operate, by using tax havens;
    • Not use their economic wealth to seek political favors that undermine the democratic will of their fellow citizens;
    • Make public all the investments in companies and trusts for which they are the ultimate beneficial owners;
    • Support progressive taxation on wealth and income;
    • Challenge governments to use their tax revenue to provide universal healthcare, education and social protection for citizens;
    • Demand a living wage in all the companies they own or control;
    • Challenge other economic elites to join them in these pledges.

    Sign our petition to the business C.E.O.’s and political leaders attending the World Economic Forum—urging them to tackle income inequality by endorsing these steps.

  • Sign the petition: Denounce Congress for planning to cut $9 billion from food stamps

    The Washington Post reports that "negotiations are almost complete on a long-overdue farm bill" and that House and Senate negotiators plan to "call for eliminating about $9 billion in funding for food stamps."

    ?#@*&%! But this fight is not over, not by a longshot. Here is how we plan to stop food stamp cuts:

    • Passage of the Farm Bill is not guaranteed. Any Farm Bill has to pass both the tea party controlled House and the Democratic controlled Senate. Just as there are some Democrats who will oppose the bill because it cuts food stamps (partially because the Daily Kos community sent 265,000 emails telling members of Congress to oppose food stamp cuts), there are also tea partiers who oppose the Farm Bill because it doesn't cut food stamps enough. As such, it is possible for a left-right coalition to sink this bill.
    • If the Farm Bill is defeated, then any food stamp cuts will probably be delayed at least a year. If there is no way to pass a Farm Bill in the current Congress, then the most likely outcome is for a continuing resolution which would extend the current Farm Bill for another year. This would stop any cuts to the food stamp program, and kick the can down the road until there is a new Congress after the 2014 elections.

    Now, there is no guarantee that the 2014 elections will result in a Congress that is better on food stamps. In fact, those elections could make things even worse. But defeating the Farm Bill, getting a continuing resolution, and then doing well in the 2014 elections is the only realistic path to stopping food stamp cuts.

    This is our path. Please sign the petition from Daily Kos and Color of Change denouncing congressional negotiators for planning to cut food stamps, and share the bill far and wide over Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.

  • Sign the petition: Don’t let another chemical spill poison West Virginia water

    After Freedom Industries leaked dangerous chemicals in the Elk River on January 9 that poisoned the drinking water of 300,000 West Virginians, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin suggested that residents can drink bottled water if they “do not feel comfortable.”

    West Virginia has a long history of its water being poisoned by the coal industry, and the Elk River spill happened because the state Department of Environmental Protection can’t be trusted to ensure safe, clean drinking water. Another tragedy like this will happen again.

    Sign our petition to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement—a branch of the U.S. Department of the Interior—requesting that they replace West Virginia’s ineffective mining enforcement program with a program that protects the state’s water.

  • We won! Congratulate Jennifer Wexton

    Jennifer Wexton’s victory last night was a big win—not only did we beat a Tea Party Republican a Democratic candidate who ran on a strong progressive platform, but her win means that Democrats will take the majority in the Virginia state Senate!

    Add your name and write a short comment to congratulate Jennifer.

  • Tell House Republicans to support the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

    Last week, House Republicans on the Judiciary Committee (all of them male) held committee hearings on passing the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortions Act.

    But when Democrats offered an amendment to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act—which grants pregnant women the same basic protections in the workplace under federal law that injured and disabled workers enjoy—they voted it down.

    House Republicans cannot have it both ways. If they insist on requiring women to carry a pregnancy to term, they must protect these women from basic workplace discrimination.

    Sign our petition to House Republicans, demanding they support the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

  • Tell Congress to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

    Many women risk their jobs when they get pregnant, because employers are not required by federal law to offer reasonable accommodations like they are for injured or disabled workers.

    A pregnant U.P.S. employee was denied the “light duty” available to her injured co-workers, a Walmart employee was fired for carrying a water bottle and a nursing home director was terminated after she asked for help moving tables and pushing wheelchairs.

    The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act will strengthen and expand current provisions to ensure that pregnant women can protect their health during pregnancy and keep their jobs.

    Sign our petition to members of Congress, urging them to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

  • Tell Republicans: Ending unemployment benefits is unacceptable

    In a shocking new attack on the poor and unemployed, Senate Republicans filibustered two bills this week to provide unemployment benefits for 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans.

    Republicans filibustered the bills because they were upset by the rules Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had set forth to debate the bill.

    You read that right: Republicans ended unemployment benefits and threw 1.3 million people in financial uncertainty because they didn’t like the rules of debate.

    Sign the petition opposing the end of emergency unemployment insurance and denounce Republicans for filibustering this critical bill.

  • Tell Congress to save the Voting Rights Act with new legislation

    Back in June, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in a 5-4 decision—and the results have been absolutely devastating.

    States from Texas to Alaska have quickly passed laws making it harder for people to vote, disenfranchising communities of color.

    Congress must take action now, and a bipartisan effort to adopt a new preclearance formula is moving forward. It is not everything we need, but is a crucial step in the right direction.

    Sign our petition to members of Congress, urging them to fix the Voting Rights Act.

  • Sign the petition to the FCC: Save net neutrality

    The DC Circuit Court struck down net neutrality rules that were in place to preserve an open internet and protect users from greedy corporations who are now free to control the Internet for their own self-serving purpose.

    The consequences of this decision have the potential to impact every internet user.

    Providers are now free to throttle the internet—by controlling content, diverting users, charging for specific types of Internet usage—and any other profit-driven scheme they can come up with. Users could find themselves blocked from their favorite content or forced to pay more to access websites.

    The FCC can rewrite the open internet rules in a manner that would reconcile the court decision, protect users, and establish an open internet. The FCC needs to use some simple reclassification procedures to solve the problem—except that the internet service providers, like AT&T, Comcast, et al., are completely against this and actively working against it.

    Sign the petition telling the FCC to stop kowtowing to corporate interests and to save the open internet. Classify broadband as a telecommunications service—which it obviously is—and assert your authority to stop internet service providers from throttling content or websites they don't like.

  • Sign the petition: Tell Harry Reid to stand strong against pro-war senators

    Harry Reid imagePresident Obama is trying to negotiate a peaceful solution to Iran’s nuclear program, but a bill introduced by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) forcing devastating new sanctions against Iran could undermine those negotiations and result in military action.

    Even worse: 58 other senators—including 15 other Democrats—have joined with Menendez by co-sponsoring his bill.

    Right now, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is stopping this bill from passing. As majority leader, he has prevented this bill from coming to a vote on the floor of the Senate—effectively keeping negotiations alive and keeping war off the table for now.

    Sign the petition from Daily Kos, the Nation, USAction, Code Pink and Win Without War telling Harry Reid: Thank you for standing strong against pro-war senators. Please continue to stand strong and we’ll have your back.

  • Sign the petition: Hold Freedom Industries accountable

    On January 9th, a chemical leak at a facility maintained by Freedom Industries dumped an estimated 7,500 gallons of a dangerous chemical called 4-methylcyclohexane methanol into the Elk River just over a mile from a water intake facility that provides drinking water to 300,000 West Virginians.

    In violation of West Virginia law, Freedom Industries failed to report the spill to authorities in a timely manner. Even Governor Earl Ray Tomblin -- who is known for being a coal industry apologist -- criticized the company for not being forthcoming about the danger posed to West Virginia residents by the spill.

    U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin has launched a federal investigation to determine whether criminal charges are warranted, but in coal-friendly West Virginia he’ll likely come under pressure to let Freedom Industries off the hook with a slap on the wrist. We can’t allow that to happen.

    Join Daily Kos and CREDO in telling U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin: Hold Freedom Industries fully accountable for poisoning West Virginia’s water supply.

  • Sign the petition: Stop Northern Dynasty from destroying Alaska’s Bristol Bay

    The Pebble Mine—a proposed copper and gold mega-mine—is a disaster waiting to happen.

    The EPA has confirmed that this mine carries catastrophic risk for Bristol Bay—an area that contains 5 rivers, millions of acres of wilderness, and the world's largest wild sockeye salmon fishery.

    Thanks to activists, two large corporations—Mitsubishi and Anglo-American—have pulled out. But Northern Dynasty Minerals has left no doubt that it is bulldozing ahead with plans for this project.

    Join Daily Kos and the Natural Resources Defense Council, in urging the CEO of Northern Dynasty to abandon this wilderness-destroying scheme.

  • Attack groups can't stop Wendy Davis!

    An extreme group has come out of the woodwork. Their goal seems to be to answer one question: Can we defeat Wendy Davis?

    The answer isn’t up to them. It’s up to us.

    These attack groups will keep coming after Wendy. And whether or not she can fight back will depend on whether or not supporters like you stand with her.

    Sign up below to stand with Wendy Davis.

  • Sign the petition: Reverse Citizens United

    Thanks to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, big corporations and outside special interest groups have been able to spend millions of dollars in elections with no disclosure.

    It’s time to fight back and ensure that the voices of ordinary Americans are not drowned out by corporate cash.

    Join Daily Kos and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in supporting action to reverse Citizens United.

  • Sign the petition: Make Chris Christie testify under oath

    The ongoing investigations in “Bridgegate” have produced more questions than answers so far. But one thing has been made perfectly clear: Chris Christie created an environment where intimidation and political payback are acceptable, if not celebrated.

    Governor Christie needs to testify under oath regarding what he knew and when he knew it. It’s the only way we will know just how high up this really goes.

    Sign the petition to the New Jersey Legislature: Make Chris Christie testify under oath.

  • Sign the petition: End "blue slips" already

    Senate Democrats successfully ended the filibuster on judicial nominations, but that’s a hollow victory if nominees can’t reach the floor because of GOP obstruction in the nomination process. Republicans are already using the arcane procedure of “blue slips” to block nominees from even being considered.

    Since we first told you about blue slips—a courtesy extended by the Senate Judiciary Chair allowing senators to express opposition to judicial nominees to seats in their home states—we have learned two disturbing things:

    • Democrats are allowing Republican senators to use blue slips to exercise veto power over judicial nominations in their home state. This has led to some judicial nominees being withdrawn without a fight, and to others just being right-wing.
    • Even though Senate Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy has made some noise about ending the practice of blue slips––which he can do at any time--he is not inclined to listen to grassroots voices who are demanding real change to the judicial nomination process.


    Just as Harry Reid was at first hesitant to change the filibuster rules, Sen. Leahy is hesitant to break from this Senate tradition.

    Please sign the petition urging your senator on the Judiciary Committee and Chairman Leahy to end the practice of “blue slips.” It’s past time to fill vacant seats with judicial nominees.

  • Sign the petition: Denounce Congress for planning to cut $9 billion from food stamps

    The Washington Post reports that "negotiations are almost complete on a long-overdue farm bill" and that House and Senate negotiators plan to "call for eliminating about $9 billion in funding for food stamps."

    ?#@*&%! But this fight is not over, not by a longshot. Here is how we plan to stop food stamp cuts:

    • Passage of the Farm Bill is not guaranteed. Any Farm Bill has to pass both the tea party controlled House and the Democratic controlled Senate. Just as there are some Democrats who will oppose the bill because it cuts food stamps (partially because the Daily Kos community sent 265,000 emails telling members of Congress to oppose food stamp cuts), there are also tea partiers who oppose the Farm Bill because it doesn't cut food stamps enough. As such, it is possible for a left-right coalition to sink this bill.
    • If the Farm Bill is defeated, then any food stamp cuts will probably be delayed at least a year. If there is no way to pass a Farm Bill in the current Congress, then the most likely outcome is for a continuing resolution which would extend the current Farm Bill for another year. This would stop any cuts to the food stamp program, and kick the can down the road until there is a new Congress after the 2014 elections.

    Now, there is no guarantee that the 2014 elections will result in a Congress that is better on food stamps. In fact, those elections could make things even worse. But defeating the Farm Bill, getting a continuing resolution, and then doing well in the 2014 elections is the only realistic path to stopping food stamp cuts.

    This is our path. Please sign our petition denouncing congressional negotiators for planning to cut food stamps, and share the bill far and wide over Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.

  • Sign the petition: End "blue slips" already

    Senate Democrats successfully ended the filibuster on judicial nominations, but that’s a hollow victory if nominees can’t reach the floor because of GOP obstruction in the nomination process. Republicans are already using the arcane procedure of “blue slips” to block nominees from even being considered.

    Since we first told you about blue slips—a courtesy extended by the Senate Judiciary Chair allowing senators to express opposition to judicial nominees to seats in their home states—we have learned two disturbing things:

    • Democrats are allowing Republican senators to use blue slips to exercise veto power over judicial nominations in their home state. This has led to some judicial nominees being withdrawn without a fight, and to others just being right-wing.
    • Even though Senate Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy has made some noise about ending the practice of blue slips––which he can do at any time--he is not inclined to listen to grassroots voices who are demanding real change to the judicial nomination process.


    Just as Harry Reid was at first hesitant to change the filibuster rules, Sen. Leahy is hesitant to break from this Senate tradition.

    Please sign the petition urging your senator on the Judiciary Committee and Chairman Leahy to end the practice of “blue slips.” It’s past time to fill vacant seats with judicial nominees.

  • Thanks for signing! Take the next step and send an email directly to your senator on the committee

    Senate Democrats successfully ended the filibuster on judicial nominations, but that’s a hollow victory if nominees can’t reach the floor because of GOP obstruction in the nomination process.

    It’s past time to fill vacant seats with judicial nominees.

    Please send an email to your Democratic senator on the judiciary committee, telling them to urge Chairman Leahy to end “blue slips.”

  • Sign the petition to John Boehner: Pass a jobs bill and restore emergency unemployment insurance

    Speaker John Boehner opposes restoring emergency unemployment benefits for 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans, saying “the ultimate solution to joblessness is more jobs.”

    He’s right: We need more jobs. We also need a strong safety net to support long-term unemployed Americans.

    John Boehner has been speaker of the House for more than three years, but has yet to introduce a single jobs bill that would put Americans back to work. Instead, he and his Tea Party caucus have done everything in their power to stack the deck in favor of the wealthy and special interests.

    Join Daily Kos and the DCCC to sign the petition to John Boehner: Bring a jobs bill to the floor for a vote and restore emergency unemployment benefits.

  • Thank NBC weatherman Al Roker for telling Rush Limbaugh to “STUFF IT”

    As record cold temperatures swept the country this week, right-wingers seized upon their own ignorance to push their anti-science agenda.

    On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh claimed that liberals had just invented the term “polar vortex”—as a ploy to “help the global warming agenda.”

    But NBC weatherman Al Roker refused to let that stand. On the Today Show, he definitively proved “polar vortex” has been a well understood term among meteorologists for 50 years. then he added:

    Then he added: “So for all the doubters out there, STUFF IT.”

    Roker’s bravery is exceptional. The Koch-funded right-wing echo chamber bullies weather reporters on a regular basis, as they attack the scientific consensus that climate change is a real problem. It’s about time that more weather reporters stand up to this demagoguery.

    Join Daily Kos and Forecast the Facts in thanking Al Roker for telling Rush Limbaugh to take his right-wing, anti-science conspiracy theories and "STUFF IT."

  • Sign the petition: Denounce Utah Gov. Gary Herbert for not recognizing the state’s 1,300 legal same-sex marriages

    After a federal judge overruled Utah’s anti-gay marriage amendment, 1,300 same-sex couples were married in Utah—before the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay, halting new marriages.

    Now, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has told state agencies not to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples that were granted in the two weeks during which it was legal in Utah.

    Sign our petition, denouncing Gov. Herbert for standing in the way of Utah families.

  • Tell the GOP: Drop the bogus impeachment talk and get back to work!

    Instead of focusing on issues that matter to the American people–like climate action, immigration reform or raising the minimum wage–Republicans in Congress are busy drumming up bogus charges to impeach President Obama.

    Here’s the good news: We have a real opportunity to end the GOP’s disastrous control of Congress. In 2014, we can elect a Congress that is actually willing to work with the president and for the American people.

    Stand with Daily Kos and Democrats and help take back the House of Representatives in 2014. Add your name.

  • Sign and send the petition to Senate Republicans: Don't filibuster unemployment assistance

    unemployment imageOn Tuesday morning, Senate Democrats found six Republicans to break the filibuster of a bill that would restore emergency unemployment insurance to 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans -- But we haven’t won anything yet.

    Because Senate rules are completely insane, this morning’s vote was just to begin debate, so Democrats need to break another filibuster to end debate -- And two of the six Republicans who just voted “yes” are already threatening to vote “no” next time.

    The conventional wisdom said that we didn’t stand a chance to win this morning’s vote, but we did. We won because tens of thousands of members of the Daily Kos community mounted intense pressure against their Republican senators to extend emergency unemployment insurance. We can do it again with your help.

    Use the form below to sign and send a petition to your Republican senator(s) telling them to restore emergency unemployment assistance to 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans. (Sample email can be edited and personalized. Only people in states with Republican U.S. Senators can take the action.)

  • Sign the petition: Denounce Senate Republicans for filibustering emergency unemployment benefits

    Senate Republicans have repeatedly filibustered a bill to restore emergency unemployment insurance, cutting a lifeline to 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans.

    There are no words to describe the Senate Republicans that keep blocking the restoration of unemployment assistance.

    Sign the petition denouncing Senate Republicans for blocking emergency unemployment insurance for 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans.

  • Demand Senate Republicans extend unemployment insurance.

    SSenate Democrats started 2014 by pushing to restore emergency unemployment insurance to over 1.3 million Americans. As usual, Senate Republicans are obstructing.

    Now, it’s time for Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans to do the same.It’s time for Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans to restore emergency benefits to those hardest hit by economic woes.

    Please join Daily Kos and the DSCC in thanking Senate Democrats for acting to extend emergency unemployment insurance benefits and demand that Senate Republicans do the same.

  • Sign the thank you note to the men and women working to keep us safe through the storm

    Americans across the midwest and northeast have been pummeled by storms bringing record-breaking snow, ice, and freezing cold.

    Sign our thank you note to the utility workers, tree trimmers, snow plow drivers, emergency personnel and everyone else who working day and night to keep millions of Americans safe.

  • Sign and send the petition to Senate Republicans: Restore emergency unemployment benefits

    1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans lost what little income they had, because Congress refused to extend emergency unemployment benefits in the federal budget.

    Senate Democrats are working to restore these benefits, but they don't yet have the 60 votes they need.

    Republican senators must hear from their constituents immediately so they know there is a political price to pay for continuing to beat up on Americans in need.

    Use the form below to sign and send a petition your Republican senator or senators, demanding that they restore benefits to the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

  • Tell your senators: Give diplomacy a chance. Oppose the Menendez sanctions on Iran.

    Sen. Bob Menendez is pushing forward with legislation to impose new economic sanctions on Iran, a move that could kill the Obama administration’s negotiations to strictly limit Iran’s nuclear program and verify those limits with international inspections.

    Simply put, Menendez’s bill could close the door to a diplomatic solution and force a military action against Iran. Worryingly, right now it has 59 public supporters, versus only 19 public opponents.

    Menendez’s bill is reckless and irresponsible and we need to make sure that senators hear from their constituents on this hugely important issue before a veto-proof majority (67 senators) forms in favor of it.

    Use the form below to see where your senators stand on this issue and email them now to let them know where you stand.

  • Tell President Obama to grant clemency to Edward Snowden

    It has been seven months since government contractor Edward Snowden exposed the NSA’s highly questionable—and often illegal—methods of surveillance.

    He is still in Russia under the watch of Vladimir Putin, eluding extradition back to the United States where he faces serious criminal charges.

    As the New York Times put it in an editorial this week, it is time to grant clemency to Edward Snowden:

    Considering the enormous value of the information he has revealed, and the abuses he has exposed, Mr. Snowden deserves better than a life of permanent exile, fear and flight. He may have committed a crime to do so, but he has done his country a great service.

    Sign our petition, urging President Obama to grant clemency to Edward Snowden.

  • Tell your senators: Absolutely no cuts to food stamps. None.

    House Republicans made draconian cuts to food stamps, and now negotiators from both chambers are hammering out details of a “compromise” Farm Bill.

    Incredibly, some Democrats believe that we can reach a deal with Republicans by slashing food stamps another $90/month for 850,000 poor families.

    This is unacceptable. Local food pantries are already seeing more people turning for help, as food stamp recipients struggle to get by.

    The Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate is key at holding the line on these cuts.

    Sign and send our petition to your U.S. senators, telling them in no uncertain terms: No Farm Bill that cuts food stamps. Absolutely no cuts to food stamps at all. None.

  • Sign and send a petition to your member of Congress: Restore unemployment benefits now

    Because Congress failed to act, 1.3 million unemployed Americans just lost their already meager benefits this weekend.

    House Republicans refused to include unemployment in the federal budget, even though the long-term unemployment rate is double what it has been historically when federal emergency benefits were allowed to lapse.

    E-mail your member of Congress now, and demand that they restore benefits to the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

  • Sign the petition: Ban employers from rejecting job seekers for bad credit

    The Equal Employment for All Act, recently introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren and six other senators, would make a big difference for job-seeking Americans with poor credit ratings.

    The bill would stop employers from requiring -- or even suggesting -- that applicants disclose their credit history. It bars employers from procuring a consumer or investigative report, and from disqualifying job seekers based on a poor credit rating or other information on their creditworthiness.

    As it says on Senator Elizabeth Warren's website, research has shown that an individual's credit rating has little or no correlation with his or her ability to succeed at work. A bad credit rating is far more often the result of unexpected personal crisis or economic downturn than a reflection of someone's abilities.

    Sign our petition becoming a citizen co-sponsor of the Equal Employment for All Act. We will send the signatures to Senator Elizabeth Warren, who can use them to help get more U.S. senators to sponsor the bill.

  • Denounce Republican hostage taking and tell Congress: Expand Social Security

    The ink isn’t even dry on Paul Ryan and Patty Murray’s budget deal and Ryan is already talking about taking the economy hostage again:

    "We, as a caucus, along with our Senate counterparts, are going to meet and discuss what it is we want to get out of the debt limit,” Mr. Ryan said on Fox News Sunday. “We don’t want ‘nothing’ out of the debt limit. We’re going to decide what it is we can accomplish out of this debt limit fight.”

    Social Security is the most successful government program in history and it’s the foundation of retirement security today. It’s lifted millions of seniors out of poverty and kept millions more from falling into it. But with disappearing pensions, we can’t afford to ignore the growing retirement security crisis for today's seniors or young people who will retire decades from now.

    Social Security benefits need to be increased to do that. Cost of living adjustments already fail to keep up with the rising costs that seniors face and those costs will only continue to rise.

    Join Daily Kos and Social Security Works in denouncing continued Republican attempts to cut our safety net by taking the economy hostage. Call on Congress to expand Social Security instead.

  • Sign the petition: Demand CBS News fire discredited journalist Lara Logan

    Lara Logan, infamous for her work on “60 Minutes” interviewing an eye-witness to Benghaaaaazi that wasn’t really there, is preparing to return from her leave of absence to a nice job manufacturing American news.

    Logan’s use of false information threw fuel on a conservative fire that has burnt out of control. It was completely irresponsible of her and her team to move forward on a story without verifying whether their witness was there.

    Sign the petition to CBS News demanding that they fire discredited journalists Lara Logan and Max McClellan for their part in the false Benghazi story that aired in October.

  • Sign the petition: Ban cell phone calls on airplanes

    Imagine being on a plane, stuck between two passengers who are carrying on personal phone conversations. There is no escape.

    Now sign the petition telling Congress: Pass the bipartisan bill banning cell phone calls on all domestic flights.

  • Sign and send the petition: This deal hurts the middle class

    Republican and Democratic negotiators reached a budget deal late Tuesday. A vote in both houses is expected before Congress adjourns Friday for the holidays.

    The problem is the deal does virtually nothing to address some of the easiest revenue––corporate tax loopholes and handouts––that could create relief for millions of people affected by sequestered government programs. Instead, this compromise continues the tradition of balancing budget negotiations on the backs of workers and retirees, by cutting the pensions of federal employees and military personnel.

    Worse, the deal does nothing to extend emergency unemployment benefits which are set to expire for 1.35 million Americans on December 28.

    Before the budget deal is final, use the form below to email your member of Congress and tell them: Repeal all non-defense sequester cuts and extend emergency unemployment insurance by closing tax loopholes for corporations and the super rich.

  • Tell your House member: Absolutely no cuts to food stamps. None.

    food stamp graphHouse Republicans are hell-bent on gutting food stamps, regardless of the consequences. But now some Democrats believe they can reach a “compromise” with Republicans in the Farm Bill that would cut food stamps by $90/month for 850,000 poor families.

    This is unacceptable. Food stamp recipients are barely struggling to get by as it is.

    Instead of hurting poor Americans, members of Congress should focus on the Farm Bill's subsidies to Big Agriculture. These corporate handouts have a higher erroneous payment rate than food stamps and funnel billions into Wall Street coffers.

    Sign and email a petition your House member now, and tell them in no uncertain terms: No Farm Bill that cuts food stamps. Absolutely no cuts to food stamps at all. None.

  • Tell Domino’s Pizza to reinstate workers fired for protesting low wages

    Update: The workers have been rehired. Victory! You can read the story here. Original text of the petition is below.

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    On December 5th, workers at the 181st Street Domino’s in New York City’s Washington Heights participated in a nationwide walkout to support underpaid fast-food employees.

    Management’s response was to have delivery workers—who only make $6/hour and must rely on tips—staff the store instead, but refused to pay them minimum wage for their time.

    After bringing this issue to management’s attention, the 24 delivery workers were fired.

    Sign our petition, urging Domino’s Pizza to immediately reinstate these workers.

  • Sign the petition: Tell Gov. Abercrombie to fund cancer screening in Hawaii

    Hawaii’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) provides low-income, uninsured and underinsured women with cancer screenings. The program saves lives and money for Hawaii by detecting cancers earlier, when survival rates are higher and treatment costs are lower.

    Right now, Hawaii is one of only four states that do not contribute any funding to this lifesaving program. We can’t eliminate cancer if we don’t prioritize cancer screening.

    Join Daily Kos and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network by signing the petition telling Governor Abercrombie to fund cancer screening in Hawaii.

  • Tell Domino’s Pizza to reinstate workers fired for protesting low wages

    Update: The workers have been rehired. Victory! You can read the story here. Original text of the petition is below.

    * * * * * * *

    On December 5th, workers at the 181st Street Domino’s in New York City’s Washington Heights participated in a nationwide walkout to support underpaid fast-food employees.

    Management’s response was to have delivery workers—who only make $6/hour and must rely on tips—staff the store instead, but refused to pay them minimum wage for their time.

    After bringing this issue to management’s attention, the 20 delivery workers were fired.

    Sign our petition, urging Domino’s Pizza to immediately reinstate these workers.

  • Support paid leave: Support the FAMILY Act

    The United States is one of a handful of countries in the world that doesn’t offer paid leave to new mothers. That needs to change–urge Congress to support paid leave now.

    Over the course of our lives, just about all of us will need time off to care for a new baby or manage a serious illness.  
    That's why the National Partnership for Women & Families is leading a diverse coalition of communities––women's, children's, health, aging, worker, civil rights and faith––determined to advance paid leave in the United States.

    The Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, a national paid family and medical leave insurance program would provide workers with up to 12 weeks of paid leave. This is an issue that affects everyone -- but women in particular. It's women who are often caregivers for themselves or sick family members. This could be your mother, your sister, your grandmother, your wife. This could be you.

    Please join Daily Kos and the National Partnership for Women & Families to encourage your members of Congress to become a co-sponsor of the FAMILY Act. Please send an email to your Senators and Representative by following the instructions below.

  • Sign the petition: Increase Social Security benefits!

    social security imageWhile many pundits and politicians are talking about cutting Social Security, in real life declining 401(K) packages and home values mean more and more Americans won't have the savings they need for retirement.

    The answer? We must increase Social Security benefits.

    We can guarantee the solvency of Social Security for several more generations—and increase benefits—by doing away with the cap on Social Security taxes, which currently limits the amount wealthy Americans pay into the system.

    The vast majority of Americans think Social Security should be increased, and the wealthy should pay more in taxes to do it.

    Further, there are already bills in Congress to make this happen: H.R. 318 from Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA), and S. 308 from Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK).

    Please sign our petition calling on leaders of both parties to increase Social Security benefits.

  • Sign the petition: Raise the minimum wage!

    Some 47 million Americans live in poverty, and a key reason is the decline of the minimum wage relative to inflation:
    minimum wage, adjusted for inflation, 1968-2012
    Sign the petition from Daily Kos and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee urging Congress to finally raise the minimum wage.

  • Thank Nancy Pelosi

    Please join EMILY’s List and the Daily Kos in thanking Nancy Pelosi for appointing three new women to the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. Clearly, Democrats are serious about having women in their leadership!

  • Tell Amazon, McDonald’s and other former ALEC funders: Don’t go back to ALEC.

    The Guardian just published an explosive expose that shows the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (a.k.a. “ALEC”) is reeling from our campaign against them and now faces a funding crisis.

    This is a result of the mass defections of corporate sponsors who were targeted by CREDO, Daily Kos and other progressive allies for their support of an organization responsible for the proliferation of voter suppression laws and the “Shoot First” laws responsible for freeing the murderer of Trayvon Martin.

    But according to documents leaked to the Guardian, ALEC is fighting back. The organization, which promotes right-wing legislation at the state level, has launched an initiative called the “Prodigal Son Project” to bring more than 40 of these corporate donors back into the fold.

    Join CREDO and Daily Kos to tell Amazon, Coca-Cola, General Electric, Kraft, McDonald’s and other former ALEC funders: Don’t go back to ALEC.

  • Tell your member of Congress: Don't cut emergency unemployment benefits

    The Nation logoRepublican and Democratic negotiators reached a budget deal late Tuesday. A vote in both houses is expected before Congress adjourns Friday for the holidays.

    Not part of the deal: an extension of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

    Consequences? As of Dec. 28, 1.35 million out-of-work people will receive no more compensation checks.

    Use the form below email the petition from Daily Kos and The Nation to your member of the House of Representatives: Don't leave town without extending emergency unemployment insurance.

  • Sign the petition: Denounce California GOP for fake website designed to keep constituents from getting insurance

    California Republicans have stooped to a new low­ in their ongoing misinformation campaign to turn voters against Obamacare. They have created a fake health care website to discourage people from getting health insurance, and they are using official mailers to send constituents to the site.

    Instead of sending constituents to CoveredCA.com, the official California health insurance exchange site, Republicans created CoveringHealthCareCA.com. The Republican website poses as a hub for health care information but just contains negative information about Obamacare that could discourage people from obtaining health insurance.

    Deceiving the public to carry out a political agenda has to stop. Please sign the petition denouncing California Republicans for their misinformation campaign, and demand they take the site down.

  • Tell the SEC: Put corporate political spending back on its agenda

    Nearly 100,000 people signed our Daily Kos petition to the Securities & Exchange Commission—demanding that they require publicly traded corporations disclose their political campaign spending.

    But facing pressure from corporate interests, the SEC has quietly removed such a proposal from its 2014 agenda. While they did not take action, this means that no regulations will be passed in time for the upcoming midterm elections.

    The Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling opened the floodgate to corporate money in our political campaigns, and the public has a right to know which corporations are funding political advertisements. And the SEC is well within its authority to make this requirement for publicly traded companies.

    If they won't do it in time for 2014, we must push them to do it in time for 2016. Urge the S.E.C. to put corporate spending disclosure back on the agenda.

  • Email your Michigan legislator: Don’t endanger women’s health by passing this extreme bill

    The Michigan Legislature is about to pass a major piece of legislation that restricts women’s health care coverage in the state.

    The initiative would ban all health insurance policies in the state—public and private—from covering abortions, including in cases of rape and grave danger to the mother.

    Michigan Right to Life used an arcane tactic, known as an “indirect initiated state statute,” to do an end-run around a previous veto of this bill to make it law with a very low bar––they only needed 3.4% of Michigan voters to sign a petition supporting the initiative.

    The Michigan legislature can either approve the legislation, or let the voters decide next year.

    Tell Michigan legislators that 3.4% of voters should not make over-reaching decisions about women’s health care choices, and instead to put this on the ballot in November 2014.

    Please send an email to your member of the Michigan House urging them not to approve this dangerous initiative.

  • Sign the petition: I come from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party

    Wall Street Dems know populists like Elizabeth Warren are gaining influence with the Democratic base. Horrified, these Dems have launched an attack throughout corporate media that threatens electoral doom for the Democratic Party if it dares stand up to Wall Street.

    So far we've seen:

    --A Third Way op-ed in the Wall Street Journal warning Democrats of the "danger" Elizabeth Warren and Bill DeBlasio style economic populism
    --Fox News "Democrats" Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell back in Politico for another stab at that whole "radical center" nonsense.
    --The DLC's Al From is back in the news with a new book.

    All of this, all at once? It's a coordinated counterattack by Wall Street Democrats spooked by the party's embrace of politicians like Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, Tammy Baldwin and Jeff Merkley.

    They should be spooked. The future of the Democratic Party is a populist one, all that's left is to whittle out the dead weight.

    Sign the petition to let Wall Street Democrats know where you stand: I come from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

  • Sign the petition: Stand with Detroit

    The Detroit bankruptcy is not just about legality––it is also about morality. Who will get put at the front of the line to collect their debts––workers or Wall Street?

    Governor Rick Snyder has been single minded in his efforts to put the Detroit's financial troubles on the backs of those who can least afford it. He ignored his oath to uphold the state constitution, which protects the modest pensions of Detroit retirees. He has deprived the city of hundreds of millions of dollars in state aid. And just days after authorizing the bankruptcy, Snyder announced $250 million in taxpayer money would be spent to build a new hockey arena for the Detroit Red Wings––money that would otherwise go to Detroit’s public schools. The recipient of this generous corporate welfare? Little Caesars Pizza founder and owner Mike Ilitch, whose personal worth is $2.7 billion.

    Stand with Detroit if you believe strong cities are not built by squeezing retirees and dismantling the public sector. Stand with Detroit if you believe in fairness for retired cops, fire fighters, librarians, bus drivers and city employees across Detroit – over profits for Wall Street.

    Join Daily Kos and AFSCME by signing in solidarity to stand with Detroit and send the message––put city workers and retirees ahead of Wall St. profits.

  • Tell Congress: Pass Medicare for all

    The best part of the Affordable Care Act law is the expansion of Medicaid.

    Medicare, like Medicaid, is a public option, a government program that pays for health care directly. It is efficient and it is saving lives.

    Join Daily Kos and Congressman Alan Grayson by signing our petition urging Congress to pass the Medicare You Can Buy Into Act.

  • Sign the petition: Don't let Ted Cruz veto Texas federal judges

    Senate Democrats successfully ended the filibuster on judicial nominations, but that alone won’t stop rampant GOP obstruction. The next tactic Republicans can turn to is the arcane procedure of “blue slips.”

    When the president nominates a judge from a particular state, the Senate Judiciary Committee sends a “blue slip” to the state’s two senators—asking for their opinion. If one or both senators do not approve, it effectively kills the nomination by blocking a hearing.

    Blue slips are neither in the Constitution nor even an official rule of the Senate. This is a tradition the Senate Judiciary chair can do away with at any time, as Republicans frequently did when they last controlled both the Senate and the White House.

    Our federal judiciary is in crisis, and most court vacancies President Obama must fill are from red states—including seven in Texas alone. We cannot give Ted Cruz veto power over judicial nominees.

    Tell Senate Judiciary Committee chair Patrick Leahy: It’s time to end the “blue slips.”

  • Thank EMILY’s List Women Today!

    Join with EMILY’s List and Daily Kos to thank all of the amazing women fighting for progressive change everyday.

  • Demand an Apology from Mitch McConnell Now!

    Join with EMILY’s List to demand an apology from Mitch McConnell for promoting an image of Alison Lundergan Grimes crudely pasted onto a scantily clad body.

  • Sign the petition telling Walmart: I'm done subsidizing your profits. Pay your workers living wage.

    One Walmart store costs Americans over $900,000 per year.

    That’s because Walmart refuses to pay its employees a living wage, so workers must rely on public assistance like Medicaid and food stamps.

    Walmart employees not only need food stamps to get by, Walmart is the largest place where those food stamps are redeemed. It’s a cycle that grinds employees (and communities) relentlessly down, while driving Walmart revenues just as consistently up.

    Sign the petition telling Walmart: I'm done subsidizing your profits. Pay all your workers a living wage. After you sign you will be redirected to a page that helps you find a Black Friday protest at a Walmart near you, so you can support the Walmart workers who are fighting for a living wage by bravely walking off their jobs on November 29.

  • Tell Congress: No more cuts until there’s a full Defense Department audit

    Republicans forced America into the slowest economic recovery in history thanks to austerity policies focused on cutting vital services for working families while shielding the Pentagon from any non-sequester cuts.

    But while Republicans are demanding even more cuts to vital programs like food stamps, a shocking new investigative report from Reuters shows an astonishing level of fraud and waste in the military that goes far beyond what anyone ever imagined.

    If Republicans are serious about cutting government spending, they don’t need to look any farther than the Pentagon. So, we need to find out exactly where the Pentagon’s money is going before there’s another cut to vital programs.

    Tell Congress: Stop all spending cuts and audit the defense department.

  • Tell the GOP: Democrats are going to fight FOR the Affordable Care Act – because it’s already working.

    “We will tattoo it to their forehead in 2014.”

    That’s what RNC Chair Reince Priebus said recently about how the GOP would try to use Obamacare to beat Democratic candidates in 2014.

    We have a message for Reince and the GOP – Bring it on.

    The truth is that Democrats – despite all the glitches—are anxious, eager and proud to fight FOR the Affordable Care Act. Because it’s already working and people are getting better, more affordable health care than before.

    The Republican Plan is to try and take all of that away and we will take that fight any day of the week. Sign the petition and send a message to the GOP that you’ll keep fighting for the Affordable Care Act. Democrats will send you updates and information about what’s happening and how you can get involved.

  • VICTORY! Sign the petition thanking Harry Reid for putting a big crack in Republican obstruction by reforming the filibuster

    Fireworks imageUnprecedented Republican obstruction left Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid with no choice but to reform the filibuster and end the gridlock that’s kept dozens of qualified judicial and executive branch nominees from being confirmed.

    Thanks to Senator Reid’s leadership and to years of campaigning for filibuster reform by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tom Udall (D-NM) and Tom Harkin (D-IA), President Obama’s nominees can now be confirmed by a simple majority vote -- scoring a huge victory for basic governance by filling vacancies that have caused a judicial and regulatory crisis.

    Sign the petition thanking Senators Harry Reid, Jeff Merkley, Tom Udall and Tom Harkin for in putting a major crack in Republican obstruction and taking a step towards a better functioning government by reforming the filibuster.

  • Sign the pledge: No holiday shopping at any retail giant that doesn't give workers Thanksgiving Day off

    “Walmart associates are really excited to work that day, it’s a pretty high energy day for associates as well.” -- Duncan MacNaughton, executive vice president of Walmart

    With Black Friday the busiest shopping day of the year, more and more retail giants are forcing employees to come in on Thanksgiving Day—often during dinner hours.

    Walmart and Target are both opening earlier than they did last year. Staples will be open on Thanksgiving for the first time ever, and K-Mart will stay open for 41 hours straight. You can read a complete list of which stores are giving workers a break, and which ones are not, here.

    There is no reason for this except greed. Opening on Thanksgiving Day takes workers away from their families over a holiday when they should be giving thanks with their loved ones.

    Sign the pledge: No holiday shopping at any retail giant that doesn't give workers Thanksgiving off.

  • Thank Harry Reid for putting a big crack in Republican obstruction by reforming the filibuster

    Unprecedented Republican obstruction left Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid with no choice but to reform the filibuster and end the gridlock that’s kept dozens of qualified judicial and executive branch nominees from being confirmed.

    Thanks to Senator Reid’s leadership, President Obama’s nominees can be confirmed by a simple majority vote—scoring a huge victory for basic governance by filling vacancies that have caused a judicial and regulatory crisis.

    Please join Daily Kos and the DSCC by thanking Harry Reid for his leadership, and Senate Democrats for their resolve, in putting a major crack in Republican obstruction and taking a step towards a better functioning government by reforming the filibuster.

  • Sign the petition telling Walmart: Give your workers—not your shareholders—a raise

    Walmart could pay its workers at least $14.89/hour without raising prices—if they stopped buying back their stocks.

    Every year, Walmart owners spend over $7 billion buying their own stock back from shareholders—so that the same earnings are distributed over fewer owners.

    Effectively, this gives a shrinking number of Walmart shareholders a raise.

    In order to pay its workers a living wage, all the retail giant has to do is stop these massive stock buybacks and put that money toward its workers.

    Sign our petition to the Walton family: Give your workers—not your shareholders—a raise. After you sign you will be redirected to a page that helps you find a Black Friday protest at a Walmart near you.

  • Tell Congress: Say NO to fast-track trade authority

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been called “NAFTA on steroids”—and for good reason.

    Negotiated behind closed doors by the governments of a dozen countries (including ours) colluding with corporate interests, this secret "trade" deal would eviscerate broad swaths of regulations that protect consumers, workers, the environment and the soundness of our financial system. And it would set up a legal regime where corporate profits trump the policy priorities of sovereign governments.

    The first stage in the plan to pass the TPP is a big push for Congress to approve fast-track trade authority, which would short-circuit the typical legislative process when trade deals like the TPP come up for a vote.

    Join CREDO and Daily Kos to tell Congress: Say NO to fast-track trade authority.

  • Tell President Obama: Expose and stop insurance company sabotage

    It’s time to expose and stop insurance companies that are sabotaging the Affordable Care Act.

    Some people have lost their substandard health insurance plans, because they are not in compliance with the new law. But some insurance companies are using the confusion about Obamacare to trick people into buying new (more expensive) policies without telling customers about alternative plans and subsidies available on the new exchanges.

    And some are out and out lying about the law, selling new junk policies without explaining that people buying them will also have to buy real policies.

    Rather than discrediting Obamacare, the actions of these companies prove why we needed health care reform in the first place. Insurance companies put profit over patients, and cannot be trusted to do the right thing for their customers.

    It's time to put a stop to this. Tell President Obama: Expose and stop insurance company sabotage.

  • Sign the letter: Demand J.P. Morgan pay its entire $13 billion penalty and not a cent less.

    News reports indicate that J.P. Morgan, in negotiation with the Department of Justice over a $13 billion penalty related to mortgage activities, wants to shift part of its penalty onto the same American taxpayers who bailed the company out in 2008.

    J.P. Morgan's helped propel America into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. It’s time for them to pay back the American public for their wrong-doing, not get another bailout.

    Please join Daily Kos and Vermont Congressman Peter Welch by adding your name to the letter to Jamie Dimon, CEO of J.P. Morgan demanding J.P. Morgan accept full responsibility for its actions and pay the full $13 billion penalty.

  • Tell the Texas State Board of Education: Adopt the books and stand up for science

    On Friday, November 22, the Texas State Board of Education will take a final vote on science materials that will be in classrooms for the next decade.

    For years, an anti-science faction of that board has done all it can to undermine the science of by giving equal weight to nonscientific beliefs like climate change denial and the idea that dinosaurs and humans coexisted.

    Fortunately, because of the work of groups like the Texas Freedom Network, all 14 textbook publishers have stood up for science and refused to water down or compromise instruction on evolution and climate change in their proposed new biology books.

    We are on the brink of victory, but we can't take anything for granted.

    Join with Daily Kos and the Texas Freedom Network by signing our petition to the Texas State Board of Education: Adopt the books and stand up for science. The Texas Freedom Network will deliver the signatures before Friday's crucial meeting.

  • Tell Harry Reid: It’s time to “go nuclear” on judicial nominations

    Republicans are refusing to allow any of President Obama’s extremely well-qualified nominees for the D.C. Circuit court—the second most important court in the land—to get a vote.

    In 2005, at a similar crisis point, senators from both parties agreed that they would only filibuster a judicial nominee under "extraordinary circumstances." However, despite the fact that many of the Republicans who were central to that agreement are still in office, now they are ignoring it.

    These same Republicans are refusing to allow a vote on anyone President Obama nominates for the court, and not because of "extraordinary circumstances." Instead, they are pushing to eliminate the vacant seats on this court altogether because they don’t want anyone Obama nominates to serve.

    Senate Republicans are not acting in good faith. Join Daily Kos and Democracy for America to tell Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that it’s time to go nuclear on judicial nominations.

  • Tell the Senate: End sexual assault in the military

    The Department of Defense (DoD) estimates a shocking 26,000 instances of rape, sexual assault and unwanted sexual contact occurred in our military – last year alone. That's an average of 71 cases every day.

    To help fight for the justice that our military members deserve, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard recently led the House introduction of the Military Justice Improvement Act (H.R. 2016).

    The bill is a bipartisan, bicameral effort to effort to restore the faith of the American people and military sexual assault survivors by removing the decision to prosecute from the chain of command, and empowering experienced military prosecutors to determine whether to pursue a trial.

    With the Senate poised to vote, we need your voice right now. Please join with Daily Kos and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard in telling the Senate: end sexual assault in the military.

  • Sign the petition: Make corporations disclose political spending

    The Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling opened the floodgate to corporate money in our political campaigns, but the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) can pull back the curtain and unveil the shroud of secrecy.

    As the federal agency with the job of protecting investors from corporate abuse, the SEC is well within its authority to require that all publicly traded corporations disclose how they're spending money in elections. But it won’t happen without a fight.

    Please urge the SEC require publicly traded corporations to disclose how they spend their money in politics.

  • Sign the petition: Absolutely no cuts to food stamps. None.

    House and Senate conferees will soon meet to hammer out a comprehensive Farm Bill—attempting to iron out the differences between the House and Senate versions.

    The Senate version cut food stamps by $4 billion. The House version, which passed with only Republican votes, was ten times worse—hoping to pressure even more draconian cuts.

    Given that so many are working fewer hours or for lower wages, slashing food assistance will only makes things worse. Tell the House & Senate conferees: no cuts to food stamps.

  • Tell Harry Reid: It’s time to “go nuclear” on judicial nominations

    Republicans are refusing to allow any of President Obama’s extremely well-qualified nominees for the D.C. Circuit court—the second most important court in the land—to get a vote.

    In 2005, at a similar crisis point, senators from both parties agreed that they would only filibuster a judicial nominee under "extraordinary circumstances." However, despite the fact that many of the Republicans who were central to that agreement are still in office, now they are ignoring it.

    These same Republicans are refusing to allow a vote on anyone President Obama nominates for the court, and not because of "extraordinary circumstances." Instead, they are pushing to eliminate the vacant seats on this court altogether because they don’t want anyone Obama nominates to serve.

    Senate Republicans are not acting in good faith. Please sign our petition urging Senate Majority Leader Reid to exercise the nuclear option and end the filibuster on judicial nominees.

  • Tell Congress: Stop insurance companies from dumping patients

    Insurance companies, being insurance companies, are still trying to screw their customers. Blaming Obamacare, they have sent out millions of cancellation notices to customers with individual plans.

    Some policies don’t meet Obamacare’s minimum standards. Other times, insurance companies are trying to con their customers into higher-placed plans.

    The problem is the insurance companies, but Obama and the Democrats are being blamed.

    There is a solution. A bill sponsored by Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) would guarantee that you can keep the health insurance you had, even if it doesn’t provide the minimum required under Obamacare.

    But that’s not all. It would also require insurance companies to inform customers why their policy is substandard, and explain to them how they can enroll in the health insurance exchange to access a new affordable policy that would satisfy all requirements under the law.

    Sign our petition urging Congress to stop insurance companies from dumping patients.

  • Sign the petition: Raise the minimum wage already!

    Some 47 million Americans live in poverty, and a key reason is the decline of the minimum wage.

    Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative George Miller (D-CA) are pushing legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and tie it to inflation so that low wage workers get a raise every year.

    Big momentum is building behind this bill, with President Obama recently endorsing it. Even small business owners are starting to line up behind it, because it includes tax credits to encourage them to expand their operations.

    Now is the time to give America a raise. Sign our petition urging Congress to pass the Harkin-Miller bill and finally raise the minimum wage.

  • Tell the Washington Post: Fire Richard Cohen for his deeply insensitive column

    For years, Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen has shown a callous insensitivity on race issues that embarrasses the newspaper and only exacerbates racial tensions.

    He has expressed sympathy for George Zimmerman, and has only just realized that slavery was not a “benign institution in which mostly benevolent whites owned innocent and grateful blacks.” But now, he has offended all interracial couples by saying those with “conventional” views would “gag” at the sight of New York City Mayor-elect Bill deBlasio’s interracial family.

    Sign our petition telling the Washington Post that there is no place for Richard Cohen’s ignorant and deeply insensitive column in their newspaper.

  • Tell President Obama: Expose and stop insurance company sabotage

    It’s time to expose and stop insurance companies that are sabotaging the Affordable Care Act.

    Some people have lost their substandard health insurance plans, because they are not in compliance with the new law. But some insurance companies are using the confusion about Obamacare to trick people into buying new (more expensive) policies without telling customers about alternative plans and subsidies available on the new exchanges.

    And some are out and out lying about the law, selling new junk policies without explaining that people buying them will also have to buy real policies.

    Rather than discrediting Obamacare, the actions of these companies prove why we needed health care reform in the first place. Insurance companies put profit over patients, and cannot be trusted to do the right thing for their customers.

    It's time to put a stop to this. Tell President Obama: Expose and stop insurance company sabotage.

  • Sign the petition: Make corporations disclose political spending

    The Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling opened the floodgate to corporate money in our political campaigns, but the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) can pull back the curtain and unveil the shroud of secrecy.

    As the federal agency with the job of protecting investors from corporate abuse, the SEC is well within its authority to require that all publicly traded corporations disclose how they're spending money in elections. But it won’t happen without a fight.

    Join Daily Kos and People For the American Way in urging that the SEC require publicly traded corporations to disclose how they spend their money in politics.

  • Stand with Democrats: Take back the House and give President Obama a Congress he can work with!

    Seventeen. That’s the number of seats we need to win in 2014 to take back the House of Representatives and keep our country moving forward.

    Rather than working together with Democrats to solve real issues, Republicans in Congress have played political games to get in President Obama’s way.

    The good news is that we have the momentum to make it happen. Recently, polls showed Democrats leading in many more than just the 17 districts we need to take back the House. We have a real shot – but we need Democrats across the country to stand united.

    Join us. Stand with Democrats to help make John Boehner an Ex-Speaker of the House and give President Obama a Congress he can work with.

  • Sign the petition: Tell CBS News to correct their misinformation on Obamacare

    On October 28, CBS News ran a story about Dianne Barrette, a Florida woman whose health insurance company informed her that her policy was being cancelled because of Obamacare, and who thought she was now forced to purchase much more expensive insurance.

    But as other outlets—including Fox News!—soon revealed, the CBS story was extremely misleading. Ms. Barrette’s old health insurance plan was very limited. Consumer Reports even called it "a textbook example of a junk plan that isn’t real health insurance at all." Further, she now qualifies for subsidies under Obamacare that will help her buy much better insurance at low cost.

    Dianne Barrette—who CBS and even RNC Chair Reince Prebius used to make Obamacare look as bad as possible—now admits the law is “maybe a blessing in disguise.”

    Sign our petition urging CBS News to correct their misinformation and run a follow-up story on Dianne Barrette's experience with Obamacare.

  • Tell the U.S. House: it’s time to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

    After trying repeatedly for 17 years, the U.S. Senate has finally passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). No one in this country should be fired for being gay, and we are closer than ever to making that happen.

    Now, it is onto the House—where Speaker John Boehner has called it “frivolous” and refuses to bring it to a vote.

    But we can’t let that stop us. As Nancy Pelosi says, we must push for ENDA in the House the way we did for the Violence Against Women’s Act. “We made it too hot to handle in the public. It had to come to the floor.”

    Join Daily Kos and People For the American Way in signing our petition urging the U.S. House to pass ENDA.

  • Send a big "thank you" to Melissa Tomlinson, the teacher who stood up to Chris Christie

    Melissa Tomlinson, a hard-working public school teacher in New Jersey, brought forth the ire of Gov. Chris Christie this weekend when she dared ask him a simple question––"Why do you portray New Jersey Public Schools as 'failure factories?'".

    Christie chose to react to her simple question like the arrogant jerk he is -- by shouting "YOU PEOPLE! JUST DO YOUR JOB!"

    Right. Because you people should be happy with what you are given. Because you are what’s wrong with education. Because he says so.

    Melissa, the public school teacher, did a brave thing. Asking Christie to explain his education policy and standing there while he yelled and pointed vehemently at her. Now, she should know we appreciate her dedication and bravery.

    Join Daily Kos in sending a big “thank you” to Melissa the New Jersey public school teacher for standing up to Chris Christie, and reminding everyone what an outrageous bully he really is to constituents.

  • Sign the petition: Rein in the NSA, don’t expand their powers

    Two competing bills in the U.S. Senate would reshape the way the NSA works in the wake of the various scandals surrounding the agency.

    One bill, by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, would effectively legalize many of the NSA’s controversial spying tactics that have been exposed to the public recently. It would also expand the NSA’s powers, giving the agency new authority to tap cellphones, track cellphones, and would also impose 10-year sentences on any unauthorized person who accesses the NSA’s data.

    The other bill, by Sen. Patrick Leahy, would end the NSA’s bulk collection of data, require the government obtain court orders before it could use information collected on Americans, create transparency by allowing communications providers to disclose information about the orders they've received from the NSA, make FISA court orders since 2003 public, and create a public advocate for the FISA Court.

    Feinstein has vowed to kill Leahy’s legislation.

    Sign the petition: Demand that the Senate to rein in the NSA -- not expand their powers and legalize their past wrongdoing.

  • Sign the petition: We want Nancy!

    We want Nancy Pelosi to be speaker of the House again. We're going to take back the House next year, replacing Tea Party Republicans with pro-choice Democratic women.

    The contrast couldn't be clearer. John Boehner and Mitch McConnell's Congress broke our government. We can take our government back - electing women who will fix this mess.

    Please join Daily Kos and EMILY's List in the fight to take back the House and put Nancy Pelosi back in charge.

  • Tell House Republicans: Get back to governing or get out of the way

    Breaking news: Republicans are hypocrites.

    House Republicans went on a rampage after House Democrats received a closed-door briefing on Obamacare’s rollout. (House Democrats had requested the special report.)

    So, after some dramatic feet-stamping, House Republicans were granted a closed-door briefing of their own—and only 20 people showed up.

    Republicans aren’t interested in governing—only the theatrics that get them media attention and keep them in power. But enough is enough.

    Join Daily Kos and the DCCC to tell House Republicans: We're tired of the theatrics. Get back to governing or get out of the way.

  • Tell Harry Reid: It’s time to “go nuclear” on judicial nominations

    Slim Pickens rides the bombRepublicans are refusing to allow any of President Obama’s extremely well-qualified nominees for the D.C. Circuit court—the second most important court in the land—to get a vote.

    In 2005, at a similar crisis point, senators from both parties agreed that they would only filibuster a judicial nominee under "extraordinary circumstances." However, despite the fact that many of the Republicans who were central to that agreement are still in office, now they are ignoring it.

    These same Republicans are refusing to allow a vote on anyone President Obama nominates for the court, and not because of "extraordinary circumstances." Instead, they are pushing to eliminate the vacant seats on this court altogether because they don’t want anyone Obama nominates to serve.

    Senate Republicans are not acting in good faith. Please sign our petition urging Senate Majority Leader Reid to exercise the nuclear option and end the filibuster on judicial nominees.

  • Tell Congress: Pass comprehensive immigration reform

    Comprehensive immigration reform recently passed the U.S. Senate but remains stuck, waiting for the House of Representatives to take action.

    The bill that passed the Senate is a fair mix of proposals to secure our borders while providing immigrants an opportunity to give back to this great nation they already call home.

    Please join General Sanchez (Ret.), VoteVets.org, and Daily Kos in urging the House pass the bill -- we'll deliver your message to House leadership.

  • Tell Congress: Our national parks are not for sale

    Tea party extremists put on quite a show during the 16-day shutdown, moaning that our national parks like the World War II memorial were closed.

    The truth? Some of these same Republicans want to privatize and sell our national parks.

    Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz proposed selling 3.3 million acres of public lands, Michele Bachmann wants to drill oil in the Florida Everglades—and Tea Party candidate Joe Miller ran on a platform to turn Alaska’s Denali National Park (home of Mount McKinley) into an oil well.

    Their hypocrisy is outrageous, and the idea of selling our national parks is offensive.

    Join Daily Kos and SierraRise, a community of the Sierra Club, in telling Congress: our national parks are not for sale.

  • Tell the Tea Party: Stop trying to cut Medicare

    The Tea Party is at it again. First, it was the Ryan Budget and its devastating cuts to Medicare. Now with the Government Shutdown, they’re back and more dangerous than ever.

    The Tea Party and their allies have vowed to cut billions, including devastating cuts to Medicare and health protections for senior citizens across the United States. The Tea Party’s approach is irresponsible and reckless, and will destroy Medicare.

    Join Daily Kos and Patriot Majority USA today in pledging stop the Tea Party’s agenda before it destroys Medicare.

  • Sign the petition: Denounce John Boehner for pushing Obamacare cuts again

    A government shutdown, a debt ceiling crisis, and a devastating drop in the polls—and John Boehner still hasn’t learned his lesson.

    After taking the country to brink of economic disaster in an attempt to placate his right-wing caucus and deny health insurance to millions of Americans, Boehner now says that Republicans will continue trying to kill Obamacare in the months ahead.

    In short, Republicans learned nothing from taking the country to the edge of disaster and are willing to do it again. Obamacare repeal is not going to happen—not all at once, not one chip at a time.

    Sign the petition: Join Daily Kos and the DCCC in denouncing John Boehner for pushing outrageous Obamacare cuts, even after losing the shutdown fight.

  • Denounce Sen. Mitch McConnell’s flip-flop on the debt limit

    In 2011, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell offered a solution to settling future debt limit fights. The “McConnell Rule” would let Congress reject a debt limit extension by a majority vote—but then be subject to a presidential veto, and a super-majority override requirement.

    Now that tea party extremists shut down the government for 16 days and brought us to the brink of fiscal calamity, some Democrats have proposed that we pass the McConnell Rule.

    But Mitch McConnell, eager to pander for his re-election and facing a right-wing primary challenge, now says he opposes it—hypocritically calling it the “Schumer-Obama plan.”

    Sign our petition denouncing Mitch McConnell for his flip-flop and blatant hypocrisy.

  • Tell Senate Democrats to take real action and end the Republican filibuster of judicial nominees

    gavel imageRepublican obstruction of judicial nominees has reached new heights of insanity.

    Not only are Senate Republicans refusing to confirm President Obama’s nominees for three vacant seats on the DC Circuit Court -- considered the second-most powerful court in the country -- but they pushing for the elimination of all three seats to prevent him from ever filling vacancies there.

    Senate Democratic Leaders Harry Reid, Patrick Leahy and Chuck Schumer have already indicated that Democrats may push for changes to to Senate rules regarding judicial filibusters if Republicans continue to obstruct highly-qualified nominees.

    With Republicans vowing to block any nomination that President Obama makes, it is time for all Senate Democrats and Independents to act on those indications.

    Use the form below to email to your Democratic or Independent member(s) of the Senate. Tell them this outrageous Republican obstruction of judicial nominees must stop -- even if it stopping it requires using a simple majority of senators to change the rules of the Senate regarding the filibuster of judicial nominees.

  • Tell Congress: it’s time to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

    In 29 states, you can get fired for being gay—because there is no federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would change that.

    Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised to bring ENDA to a floor vote before Thanksgiving, so the final push to find enough votes to pass the bill is on.

    After much public pressure, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) has signed on as the 56th co-sponsor of in the Senate. We are getting close, but we need 60 votes to pass the bill under current Senate rules. UPDATE: Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mark Pryor (D-AR) have both said they will vote for it, meaning that all Democrats and a few Republicans are now on record.

    Join Daily Kos and People For the American Way in signing our petition urging Congress to pass ENDA.

  • Help defeat one of the worst Republicans anywhere

    Iowa Congressman Steve King is a chief lieutenant in the Ted Cruz caucus, supporting the GOP’s reckless shutdown every step of the way.

    Fortunately, Steve King is vulnerable for re-election in 2014—and we have a Democratic opponent ready to challenge him: Jim Mowrer.

    Sign up today, to join the Jim Mowrer campaign and receive updates.

  • Tell McDonald's to Stop Buying Luxury Jets Until They Pay Workers a Living Wage

    More than half of low-wage workers employed by the largest U.S. fast-food restaurants earn so little that they must rely on public assistance to get by.

    McDonald's is the worst offender, costing taxpayers $1.2 billion in poverty benefits for its employees. McDonald's claims that they operate on razor-thin profit margins and can't pay a living wage.

    Yet they announced they had bought yet another brand new $35 million corporate jet for their fleet.

    Please stand with Daily Kos and Campaign for America’s Future by signing the petition telling Donald Thompson, CEO of McDonald's, to cancel his order for another corporate jet until he pays all his employees a decent wage.

  • Sign the petition: Absolutely no cuts to food stamps. None.

    House and Senate conferees will soon meet to hammer out a comprehensive Farm Bill—attempting to iron out the differences between the House and Senate versions.

    The Senate version cut food stamps by $4 billion. The House version, which passed with only Republican votes, was ten times worse—hoping to pressure even more draconian cuts.

    Given that so many are working fewer hours or for lower wages, slashing food assistance will only makes things worse. Tell the House & Senate conferees: no cuts to food stamps.

  • Tell the U.S. Senate: No more obstruction, confirm D.C. Circuit Judges

    Republicans are at it again, filibustering three superb nominees to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals: Cornelia Pillard, Patricia Ann Millet and Robert Leon Wilkins.

    The abuse of Senate rules must come to an end immediately. We won a victory on filibuster reform for executive nominees, and this is our next step at reclaiming our democracy.

    Join Daily Kos and People For the American Way in urging the U.S. Senate to confirm these three nominees, and fill the vacancies on the D.C. Circuit.

  • Stop Republican hostage-taking by abolishing the debt limit

    Republican hostage-takers came dangerously close to willfully and recklessly driving our economy over a cliff.

    We avoided a default this time. But if we allow Republicans to continue playing with fire, eventually they’re going to burn down the house.

    America is virtually alone in the developed world in having a debt ceiling, but there's nothing in the Constitution about it. If Congress wants to cut spending, they can use the budget process.

    Join Daily Kos and CREDO in telling Congress: The debt ceiling serves no useful purpose and should be abolished.

  • Denounce these Republicans for their costly mistake

    16 days of lost productivity, economic unease, and decreased purchasing—not to mention global market instability. This is what the Republican shutdown caused.

    Standard & Poors projects the shutdown cost over $24 billion dollars and the effects on consumer confidence and purchasing are yet to be determined as the US moves into the holiday shopping season under 12 weeks of government negotiations to avoid the next manufactured economic crisis. Workers across the country will be tightening their purse strings under the threat of another government shutdown.

    87 House Republicans could have stopped the shutdown before it started; instead they went along with the party and participated in 16 days of devastating political theater.

    Sign the petition denouncing these 87 House Republicans for their costly shutdown antics—shutting down the government cost over $24 billion and resulted in a .6% loss in economic growth this quarter, all while leaving 800,000 workers to wonder how they would pay their mortgage.

  • Denounce the 87 House Republicans who should have known better

    Our long national nightmare is over. On Wednesday night, October 16, the House voted to end the shutdown and avoid default—after 87 Republicans joined all 197 Democrats present.

    But these 87 House Republicans could have ended the shutdown at any time.

    Dozens had claimed they would vote for a clean funding bill, and all we needed was 17 of them to sign a discharge petition. This would have re-opened the government weeks ago, or even prevented the shutdown altogether.

    Instead, they went along with their party line for 16 days of devastating political theater—costing us over $24 billion dollars and causing global market instability.

    Sign our petition denouncing these 87 House Republicans for their costly antics.

  • Sign the petition: Thank Sen. Reid for standing strong on Social Security

    The shutdown and debt ceiling crisis have barely passed and already the plans of attack on Social Security have started. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is having none of it.

    Reid called the idea of cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to undo sequester cuts “stupid.”

    Harry Reid is right. These programs are vital to seniors and working families. We need to have his back in this fight and make sure he stands strong on further attempts to gut these programs.

    Tell Sen Red: Thank you and please keep standing strong.

  • Tell Bill you’ve got his back!

    I’ve got Bill de Blasio’s back because he has a plan to make New York City work for all New Yorkers again.

    Bill is the only candidate for Mayor with a plan to address the growing gap between rich and poor. He supports the millionaire’s tax and will raise taxes on the highest-earners to improve public education, expand access to early childhood education and universal kindergarten.

    Please join with Daily Kos and our partners at People for a Better New York by signing the petition letting Bill de Blasio know we have his back because he will roll back Bloomberg’s dangerous outsourcing policies and restore strong, quality public services to New York City.

  • 144 House Republicans voted to destroy our economy. Tell them we won’t forget.

    On October 16, the U.S. House—with the help of every single House Democrat present—voted to end the Republican shutdown.

    But a majority of House Republicans voted “no.”

    These extremists voted in favor of the United States defaulting on its debts, which would have been catastrophic for hundreds of millions of Americans, and billions of people worldwide.

    Some of them—like Jeff Denham of California, Tom Reed of New York, Tim Walberg of Michigan and Sean Duffy of Wisconsin—represent swing districts, and are vulnerable for re-election.

    Our work to defeat these House Republicans starts today. Email your Congressman who voted “no,” and give them a piece of your mind. And that you will oppose them in 2014.

  • Sign the petition: Thank President Obama for averting a national crisis and defeating the tea party

    Obama victory imageVictory is upon us! Republicans have completely folded, agreeing to reopen the government and extend the debt ceiling while getting absolutely nothing in return.

    Credit for this victory belongs, more than anyone else, to President Barack Obama. Two years ago he vowed to never again negotiate with Republicans over the debt limit, and his refusal to negotiate is why we have emerged victorious today.

    This is the leadership we have craved for so long. Please add your name to our petition thanking President Obama for his stalwart leadership in averting a national crisis and defeating the tea party.

  • Tell John Boehner: Never again

    The United States has careened from crisis to crisis ever since Republicans took control of the House in 2010:

    • They forced a debt ceiling crisis in 2011, leading to the country’s first-ever credit downgrade.
    • They took us to the edge of the so-called “fiscal cliff” in 2012, then a few months later left us with the sequester cuts that are hurting our economy today.
    • Now, after more than two weeks of government shutdown and another debt ceiling crisis, the country’s credit might be downgraded again.

    The constant hostage-taking and crisis-governing is wrecking our economy and our government. Simply put, Republicans have no interest in governing.

    Join Daily Kos and the DCCC to tell John Boehner: No more brinkmanship. Stop the hostage-taking or resign.

  • Denounce Ted Cruz for provoking this whole mess

    For three weeks, the country teetered on the brink of economic catastrophe.

    Millions felt the pain of furloughs and loss of services. A major ratings agency, Fitch, put U.S. credit on a warning list. Our economic recovery may have slowed or even ground to a halt.

    One person was more responsible for this than anyone else: Senator Ted Cruz.

    Join Daily Kos and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee by signing our petition denouncing Ted Cruz for provoking this mess.

  • Sign the petition: Tell Boehner to step aside and let the adults handle this

    Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell looked close to a bipartisan deal to end the government shutdown and avert a potentially catastrophic debt default when John Boehner ground negotiations to a halt.

    Boehner hastily called a press conference today to say he wasn’t sure what the House was going to do -- but that House Republicans were working on a new bill.

    Boehner’s announcement caused McConnell to step away from the negotiating table and now the country is hurtling towards its first-ever default.

    John Boehner has failed repeatedly to pass any bill that doesn’t include massive demands and poison pills. He needs to stop sabotaging negotiations and let Senate leaders hammer out a deal.

    Sign the petition: Tell Boehner to step aside and let the adults handle this.

  • Demand Paul Ryan stop threatening to destroy the world economy if he can't take away birth control coverage

    Rep. Paul Ryan has presented his demand to be included in the current round of Republican hostage-taking—he’s demanding that women lose birth control coverage under Obamacare or the country reaches default.

    According to two Republicans familiar with the exchange, Ryan argued that the House would need those deadlines as “leverage” for delaying the health-care law’s individual mandate and adding a “conscience clause” — allowing employers and insurers to opt out of birth-control coverage if they find it objectionable on moral or religious grounds — and mentioned tax and entitlement goals Ryan had focused on in a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.

    Great, Ryan is willing to default on our debt and continue this shutdown so that women can’t have birth control. He's actually arguing that possible economic collapse is a fair trade for giving bosses power over women's birth control choices!

    Please join with Daily Kos and RH Reality Check by signing the petition demanding Paul Ryan stop threatening to destroy the world economy if he can't take away birth control coverage!

  • Demand Paul Ryan stop threatening to destroy the world economy if he can't take away birth control coverage

    Rep. Paul Ryan has presented his demand to be included in the current round of Republican hostage-taking—he’s demanding that women lose birth control coverage under Obamacare or the country reaches default.

    According to two Republicans familiar with the exchange, Ryan argued that the House would need those deadlines as “leverage” for delaying the health-care law’s individual mandate and adding a “conscience clause” — allowing employers and insurers to opt out of birth-control coverage if they find it objectionable on moral or religious grounds — and mentioned tax and entitlement goals Ryan had focused on in a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.

    Great, Ryan is willing to default on our debt and continue this shutdown so that women can’t have birth control. He's actually arguing that possible economic collapse is a fair trade for giving bosses power over women's birth control choices!

    Please join with Daily Kos and RH Reality Check by signing the petition demanding Paul Ryan stop threatening to destroy the world economy if he can't take away birth control coverage!

  • Tell your Congressman: don’t let Boehner play with fire

    Incredible. A possible Senate deal to re-open the federal government and extend the debt limit—which would avert a potentially catastrophic default—is now suddenly on hold.

    Why? Because Speaker John Boehner is pushing another hostage-taking measure in the House—one which would further gut Obamacare, as the clock ticks rapidly towards default.

    You live in a handful of House districts that could decide this. Your member of Congress needs to hear from you, that Boehner’s actions are reckless and irresponsible.

    E-mail your member of Congress and tell them to reject Boehner’s eleventh hour hostage taking.

  • Tell John Boehner: Bring the Senate deal to the floor for a vote

    Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell struck a bipartisan deal to end the government shutdown and avert a potentially catastrophic default on the national debt. The deal will pass through the Senate, but it’s unclear what will happen in the House.

    The deal probably has the votes to pass if Boehner just brings it to the floor for a simple up-or-down vote—but he’s so scared of the Tea Party that he might try to shoe-horn amendments onto the bill and force the country to default.

    Tell John Boehner: The time for playing games is over—and you’ve lost. Bring the Senate deal to the floor for a vote.

  • Tell your Congressman: pass the deal to end the shutdown

    Senate leaders have struck a deal that will temporarily re-open the federal government and extend the debt ceiling.

    This will avert a potentially catastrophic default on the national debt.

    But it still must pass the House, where most Republicans will probably vote against it. If it fails, the U.S. will default on its debt.

    You live in a handful of House districts that will decide this, for better or for worse. Tell your member of Congress to avert economic catastrophe by voting “yes” on the deal.

  • Fax your House Republican today: sign a discharge petition to end the shutdown

    It’s Week 3 of the Republican shutdown. Politically, Republicans are getting hammered.

    A batch of new polls shows that if the November 2014 election were held today, Democrats would win back the House. But we can’t just wait thirteen months to reopen the government.

    We can end this shutdown now, if 17 House Republicans have the courage to join all 200 House Democrats—and sign a discharge petition to bring a clean funding bill up for a vote.

    Send your House Republican a fax today, urging him to sign a discharge petition.

  • Tell John Boehner: Stand up to the Tea Party and allow a vote

    The government shutdown is entering its third week and the country could hit the debt ceiling and default on the national debt for the first time in history this week. The Treasury Department estimates this one-two punch to the economy would be worse than the 2008 financial crisis, sending the country into a second recession.

    But despite the catastrophic consequences, John Boehner still refuses to cut the Tea Party loose and bring clean bills to the floor of the House to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

    John Boehner is the speaker of the Houseand it’s time he started acting like it.

    Join Daily Kos and the DCCC to tell John Boehner: Cut the Tea Party loose and allow votes on clean bills to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling now.

  • Sign the petition: Thank President Obama and Democrats in Congress for standing up to Republicans during the shutdown

    This graph from Gallup erases any doubts over which party is losing the fight over the government shutdown:



    As a direct result of the shutdown, Democrats are opening up a wide lead in popularity as Americans turn away from Republicans with revulsion.

    Things will only get worse for the Republicans the longer this drags on, so there is no reason to give in to their hostage taking. All we have to do is to keep standing strong.

    Please sign our petition thanking President Obama and Democrats in Congress for standing up to Republicans during the shutdown, and urge them to hold fast as the fight continues.

  • Take Action: Help End Dirty Energy

    The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the first piece of their fifth crucial report on global warming—and it confirms it: our world is changing. It is virtually certain that the Earth has warmed since the mid-20th century, and scientists are more confident than ever before that humans are responsible.

    Yet the United States still has NO NATIONAL LIMITS on carbon pollution from power plants. This is wildly unacceptable—and we have a chance to change it. President Obama has introduced an aggressive Climate Action Plan, and the EPA has taken the first step. They have proposed a landmark standard for climate pollution from new power plants. This standard will help end dirty energy as we know it today.

    Of course, we know that industry leaders and their friends in Congress will be attacking this vital rule at any moment—and we need our voices to rise up louder than theirs.

    Sign the petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from Environmental Defense Fund. Be a part of history and help end dirty energy!

  • Thank President Obama for picking Janet Yellen as Fed Chair

    President Obama has nominated Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen to replace Ben Bernanke when his term expires in January—calling her “exceptionally well-qualified for this role,” “renowned for her good judgment” and that she “knows how to build consensus.”

    She would also become the first woman to chair the Federal Reserve, an important milestone.

    Over 160,000 Daily Kos members took action to oppose Larry Summers for this position (who later withdrew) and we are delighted that the President responded by nominating Janet Yellen.

    Sign our petition, thanking President Obama for nominating Janet Yellen as Fed Chair.

  • Sign the petition: Tell John Boehner to hold a vote on a clean funding bill

    John Boehner says he won’t bring a clean funding bill—that is, a bill to fund the government that doesn’t include extraneous items like killing Obamacare—to a vote because he doesn’t have the numbers to pass one.

    But 21 Republicans and all 200 Democrats have said publicly they would vote for a clean funding bill—more than the 217 needed to end this shutdown.

    So, either John Boehner is lying or 21 of his Republican colleagues are lying.

    It’s time we found out. The worst that could happen is that the bill fails and the government shutdown continues, but that would happen without a vote, too.

    Tell John Boehner: Put a clean funding bill up for a vote.

  • Tell Congress: No paycheck during Republican shutdown

    “I need my paycheck. That’s the bottom line.” -- Rep. Renee Elmers (R-NC)

    With the Republican shutdown, 800,000 federal workers have been sent home—including Head Start teachers, workplace safety inspectors, janitors, secretaries and accountants. Others, like the Capitol police who saved lives last week, are “essential” so they must work but without pay.

    If you deprive hundreds of thousands of people of something they need, without giving them any say in the matter, then announce that you yourself are keeping that thing because you need it, you just might be a Republican member of Congress.

    Sign our petition to Congress: no paycheck during the Republican shutdown.

  • Tell Republicans: Sign the discharge petition and end this shutdown

    House Republicans shut down the government and there’s no end in sight. John Boehner is too scared of the Tea Party extremists in his own party to bring a funding bill up for a vote—even though there are more than enough Democrats and moderate Republicans to pass one.

    But House Democrats just found a way to get around Boehner.

    Democrats can force a vote on a clean funding bill and reopen the government if 218 representatives sign a “discharge petition.” With 200 Democrats on board, we only need 18 Republicans to sign on and cut John Boehner’s legs out from under him—and 21 House Republicans are already on the record saying they’d vote for a clean funding bill.

    It’s time for these Republicans to act.

    Join Daily Kos, Democracy for America and Campaign for America's Future by telling House Republicans: Sign the discharge petition and end this shutdown now.

  • Tell Republicans: Sign the discharge petition and end this shutdown

    House Republicans shut down the government and there’s no end in sight. John Boehner is too scared of the Tea Party extremists in his own party to bring a funding bill up for a vote—even though there are more than enough Democrats and moderate Republicans to pass one.

    But House Democrats just found a way to get around Boehner.

    Democrats can force a vote on a clean funding bill and reopen the government if 217 representatives sign a “discharge petition.” With 200 Democrats on board, we only need 17 Republicans to sign on and cut John Boehner’s legs out from under him—and 21 House Republicans are already on the record saying they’d vote for a clean funding bill.

    It’s time for these Republicans to act.

    Join Daily Kos, Democracy for America and Campaign for America's Future by telling House Republicans: Sign the discharge petition and end this shutdown now.

  • Tell Congressman Tom Latham: End the Republican shutdown

    At an August town hall meeting, Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) said that supporting a federal government shutdown would be “irresponsible” and have a “huge, negative impact.” He even said he opposed a shutdown as a way to delay Obamacare.

    Now, he has time and again voted with the tea party for a government shutdown.

    Join Daily Kos and Progress Iowa in demanding that Congressman Tom Latham get back to work—and reopen the government without delaying Obamacare.

  • Tell Congressman Tom Latham: End the Republican shutdown

    At an August town hall meeting, Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) said that supporting a federal government shutdown would be “irresponsible” and have a “huge, negative impact.” He even said he opposed a shutdown as a way to delay Obamacare.

    Now, he has time and again voted with the tea party for a government shutdown.

    Join Daily Kos and Progress Iowa in demanding that Congressman Tom Latham get back to work—and reopen the government without delaying Obamacare.

  • Tell your Republican representative to end this shutdown: sign the discharge petition!

    Tea party extremists have taken a new hostage: John Boehner.

    The Speaker is afraid to bring a clean funding bill to the House floor that would end this Republican shutdown, even though we have the votes to pass it.

    But we can work around Boehner and his tea party allies, if all 200 House Democrats—plus 18 Republicans—sign a “discharge petition” to bring the clean funding bill to the House floor.

    Because of what district you live in, your Congressmember is key to making this happen. Your House member has either reportedly said they would vote for a clean funding bill, lives in a district that President Obama carried in the last election or is vulnerable for re-election in 2014. That’s why we need your help now.

    Email your House member, urging him or her to sign a discharge petition bringing a clean resolution to re-open the federal government to the House floor.

  • Tell John Boehner: End this shutdown now

    The federal government has shut down and there’s no end in sight.

    House Republicans manufactured this crisis—refusing to pass any spending bill that didn’t include huge policy changes unrelated to government spending—to force their right-wing agenda on Americans, even after losing the 2012 election.

    This shutdown is a huge and unnecessary threat to the economy and could throw the country back into recession. The economy is still struggling to recover from the 2008 collapse and now that 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed, the shutdown is causing huge new uncertainty and economic pain for working families.

    John Boehner has the power to end this shutdown and put 800,000 people back to work right now. All he has to do is call a vote in the House to pass a clean spending bill.

    Join Daily Kos and the DCCC to tell John Boehner: End this shutdown now.

  • Tell Senate Democrats: Stand strong against Republican hostage-taking

    House Republicans are getting hammered in the media for manufacturing a crisis to force a government shutdown. Poll after poll shows that a huge majority of Americans disapprove of the shutdown and blame Republicans for it.

    None of this would have happened if it hadn’t been for the steely resolve of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Democrats.

    Senate Democrats have stood strong against John Boehner’s bullying and outrageous demands for months. We need them to stay strong if we’re going to win this fight, and put an end to the Republican hostage-taking and crisis-governing.

    Sign the petition: Tell Senate Democrats to stand strong against Republican hostage-taking.

  • Contact your representative: Pass a clean funding bill to keep the government open

    The federal government will shut down unless the House passes a clean continuing resolution before midnight tonight.

    House Republicans manufactured this crisis to force their right-wing agenda on the American public. But Republicans are starting to crack. They’ve seen the polls—they know they’re losing this fight, and they know that Democrats are united against them.

    If your House member is a Republican, tell him or her to support a clean continuing resolution to keep the government funded. Our nation’s pre-existing debt is not the place to play political games.

    If your House member is a Democrat, urge him or her to stand strong—now is not the time to cave to right-wing hostage-taking.

  • Tell Congress: Keystone XL and the debt limit don’t mix!

    House Republicans are threatening to default America's credit unless we surrender to their extreme agenda. And it’s not just repealing Obamacare that they are after.

    Republicans want to ram through the Keystone XL tar standards pipeline—which will drive more global warming pollution and create more climate chaos—as a condition for raising the debt limit.

    We can’t let this happen. Join Daily Kos and NextGen Climate Action Committee in telling Congress to keep Keystone XL off the table.

  • Tell Congress: Revoke the NFL’s tax-exempt status

    The National Football League is one of the most profitable enterprises in the world. However, it is regularly subsidized by state and local governments to build and upgrade facilities, its lucrative TV deals are exempt from antitrust laws, and, worst of all, the NFL enjoys nonprofit status.

    You read that right: The NFL enjoys nonprofit status.

    At a time when austerity measures have forced across-the-board cuts that have slowed our economy, cost us jobs, and threaten even deeper cuts to come, it’s time to stop the public giveaways to the world’s most profitable sports association.

    Sign the petition to Congress: Revoke the NFL’s nonprofit status.

  • Tell Congress: Stop the Monsanto Protection Act

    Senate Democrats have stripped the Monsanto Protection Act out of the Agriculture Department funding bill. This sets the Senate bill on a collision course with the House Republican bill, which included the Monsanto Protection Act.

    We have the momentum going into the fight. Email your representative in the House—whether they’re a Democrat or Republican—right now and tell them to strip the Monsanto Protection Act out of the funding bill.

  • Fight climate change by joining Environmental Defense Fund

    Our climate is changing. This summer we witnessed destructive and deadly wildfires, monumental floods and devastating drought—each made worse by our warming climate. Yet while Americans suffer the tragic consequences, some in Congress debate its existence at all.

    We've had enough of climate change naysayers—and we shouldn't try to change their minds. Instead, we need to focus on implementing revolutionary solutions to reduce carbon pollution so that we can change the trajectory of climate change.

    That's what Environmental Defense Fund does. We don't just talk about climate change, but take bold action—and we want you to join us. Sign up today!

  • Tell Senate Republicans: Fix our roads and bridges instead of shutting down our government

    Republicans are playing games with our government to appeal to their right-wing base—pushing us to the brink of a government shutdown in order to score a few points with the Tea Party.

    While they’re playing games of legislative chicken, our country is facing a major infrastructure crisis.

    The AP reports that at least 65,000 bridges are "structurally deficient" and over 20,000 more are "fracture critical," meaning that the failure of one component could lead to a collapse, as we saw in the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River in Washington state last spring.

    Worst of all: an appalling 7,795 bridges were found to be both “structurally deficient” and “fracture critical”—a combination that shows significant disrepair and risk of collapse.

    Simply put, critical infrastructure threatens the safety of Americans nationwide, but Republicans are more interested in keeping the Tea Party happy than they are in the basic governance required to address this crisis.

    Join Daily Kos and the DSCC to tell Senate Republicans: Fix our roads and bridges instead of shutting down our government.

  • It's time for Congress to act on gun violence

    In Maryland, Governor Martin O'Malley passed some of the nation's toughest laws to reduce gun violence. These laws will save lives when they go into effect on October 1st.

    The legislation had three main components: gun safety, school safety, and mental health.

    It's time for Congress to act on all three, as well.

    Join Daily Kos and Governor Martin O'Malley's petition calling on the House and Senate to reconsider taking action to reduce gun violence.

  • Wendy Davis to announce her plans on October 3: Tell her you have her back

    On October 3, state Sen. Wendy Davis will announce whether she's running for governor or for re-election.

    Whether or not she runs for governor, Wendy needs to know she'll have the full weight of the Daily Kos and EMILY’s List communities behind her.

    Now it’s time we lace up our sneakers. Join with Daily Kos and EMILY’s List to show our support for Wendy.

  • Tell Congress: It's time to revisit legislation to reduce gun violence

    It is our hope that as the hours and days pass, Americans and the elected officials who represent them match their anger and sadness with a renewed commitment to ensuring tragedies like this one never happen again.

    We wrote Congress asking them to come together to take action in the wake of this latest tragedy. Join Daily Kos and Americans for Responsible Solutions as co-signers.

  • Denounce House Republicans for voting to kick 3.8 million Americans off food stamps

    Ultraviolet logoIn a narrow 217 to 210 vote, House Republicans passed an outrageous bill cutting food stamps by $40 billion and kicking 3.8 million people out of the program by 2014. The Senate already passed a bill cutting food stamps, but House Republicans took the cuts ten times further.

    House Republicans know these cuts aren't going to become law. Instead, they are using this proposal to try and pressure the Senate into make even deeper cuts than the ones they already passed.

    But here's the thing—Republicans held this vote without holding a single public hearing because they know these cuts are deeply unpopular. If we raise our voices together, we can put the pressure on them by making sure they don't get away with this quietly.

    Please sign the petition from Daily Kos and Ultraviolet denouncing House Republicans for passing deep cuts to food stamps.

  • Tell Chuck Todd: Journalists are not stenographers

    In an outrageous affirmation of “he said, she said” journalism, NBC News’s chief White House correspondent and MSNBC host Chuck Todd said that it’s not the media’s job to report the facts or debunk right-wing spin about Obamacare.

    In an exchange with former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, Todd made the following remark about Americans’ perceptions about Obamacare:

    "But more importantly, [Americans would repeat] stuff that Republicans have successfully messaged against [Obamacare.] They don't repeat the other stuff because they haven't even heard the Democratic message. What I always love is people say, 'Well, it's you folks' fault in the media.' No, it's the President of the United States' fault for not selling it."

    Chuck Todd seems to think that “reporting the news” is nothing more than “Democrat said X, Republican said Y.”

    The news media is supposed to separate truth from spin and report the facts to the American people.

    Tell Chuck Todd: It is your job to report the facts, not “he said, she said” lies and spin.

  • Close vote this week on food stamp cuts: Tell your member of Congress oppose all cuts

    House Republicans are scrambling to pass a bill as soon as today, September 18, that would kick 3.8 million people off food stamps. But they don't have the votes yet, and we can still stop them.

    The proposed cuts are so horrifyingly vicious that a couple dozen Republicans are wavering on whether to support them. With Republicans holding a gerrymander-fueled 233-200 advantage in the House of Representatives, 20 defectors would be enough to defeat this gruesome bill.

    Whether your member of the House is a Republican or a Democrat, you need to send an email to him or her right now opposing all cuts to food stamps.

    Please, please, use the form below to send an email your member of the House of Representatives opposing all cuts to food stamps.

  • Tell the GOP: Being a Woman Isn’t a Pre-existing Condition

    Insurance companies can charge women up to 50 percent more for the same coverage that men receive and can currently deny women coverage for what they consider “pre-existing conditions,” such as asthma, pregnancy, or medical treatment for sexual and/or domestic abuse.

    Obamacare will make this gender discrimination illegal.

    But the GOP is doing everything they can to block, delay, and defund the law.

    Now is the time to stand up to Republicans and fight for the progress we’ve made. Join Daily Kos and add your name to support Democrats who are working to expand health care coverage for women—and all Americans. The Democratic National Committee will send you updates and information about what’s happening and how you can get involved.

  • Tell Congress: Put Americans back to work to fix our broken infrastructure

    America faces two major crises: 1) a jobs crisis as the poor and middle class continue to struggle to recover from the Great Recession and 2) an infrastructure crisis that threatens the safety of Americans nationwide.

    The AP reports that at least 65,000 bridges are "structurally deficient" and over 20,000 more are "fracture critical," meaning that the failure of one component could lead to a collapse, as we saw in the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River in Washington state last spring.

    Worst of all: an appalling 7,795 bridges were found to be both “structurally deficient” and “fracture critical”—a combination that shows significant disrepair and risk of collapse.

    Congress can fix both these problems at the same time.

    Tell Congress: Pass a jobs bill that will put Americans to work fixing our roads and bridges.

  • Tell Florida not to block Obamacare outreach workers from meeting with uninsured

    Unable to repeal Obamacare at the federal level, Republicans have taken their ideological crusade to deny health care access for the uninsured elsewhere.

    The Florida Department of Health has banned federal outreach workers (called “Navigators”) from coming onto state health facilities for the purpose of signing up the uninsured for subsidized health care coverage available under Obamacare.

    Please sign our petition telling Florida Department of Health officials to allow health care Navigators on state owned health facilities to discuss the Affordable Care Act.

  • Thank President Obama for refusing to negotiate with Republicans on the debt ceiling

    President Obama image"I will not negotiate over whether or not America keeps its word and meets its obligations. I will not negotiate over the full faith and credit of the United States. This country has worked too hard for too long to dig out of a crisis just to see their elected representatives here in Washington purposely cause another crisis." - Pres. Barack Obama, September 15, 2013.

    House Republicans are aiming to destroy Obamacare and other parts of our already frayed safety net by holding the full faith and credit of the United States hostage. And now, they have shut down the federal government.

    To his great credit, President Obama is refusing to negotiate with them, and is instead demanding an increase in the debt ceiling with no strings attached.

    Sign our petition thanking President Obama for refusing to negotiate with Republicans over the full faith and credit of the United States, and urging him to stay strong.

  • Tell the USDA: Self-regulated meat inspections are a bad joke

    The US Department of Agriculture wants to expand a pilot program replacing half the USDA inspectors in meat plants with inspectors employed by the companies themselves.

    This is a terrible idea. Three of the five hog plants that have done these “self-inspections” were among the worst 2% for health and safety results in the entire country. They frequently failed to even remove fecal matter from the meat during processing.

    Join Daily Kos and the League of Conservation Voters in telling Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to abolish—rather than expand—these self-regulated meat inspections.

  • Thank the four Senators who helped us defeat Larry Summers

    Over 165,000 Daily Kos members took action to stop Larry Summers from chairing the federal reserve. On September 15, Summers withdrew from consideration—citing the level of opposition.

    Winning feels good. Let's thank the leaders who helped make it possible.

    Sign our “thank you” petition to Senators Sherrod Brown, Jeff Merkley, Elizabeth Warren and Jon Tester, four Democrats on the Banking Committee whose leadership was essential in stopping Larry Summers from becoming the next chair of the Federal Reserve.

  • Tell John Boehner: It’s time to cut the tea party loose

    John Boehner’s failure to pass a bill that would prevent a government shutdown shows that his right-wing caucus has no interest in basic governance.

    The Tea Party’s obsessive focus on defunding Obamacare has ground government to a halt. Now, they’re threatening to shut down the government and force a default on the national debt.

    Boehner has to realize that he only has two options on the table:

    1) Give into the demands of his right-wing caucus and force a government shutdown and a debt ceiling default, setting off an unprecedented and totally avoidable economic meltdown, or

    2) Cut the Tea Party loose and begin working with Democrats right now to keep the government funded and avoid a debt ceiling default that would tank the economy and the recovery going.

    Join Daily Kos and the DCCC and tell John Boehner: It’s time to cut the Tea Party loose and work with Democrats to keep the government funded and avoid a disastrous default.

  • Tell Sen. Leahy: Allow banks to work with new marijuana businesses

    This week, Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Leahy convened the first-ever hearings on reconciling federal laws with new state laws allowing medical and recreational marijuana use. Of all the laws to consider, the federal prohibition on banking with marijuana businesses is arguably the most important.

    Since federal law prohibits banks from opening checking, savings, or credit card accounts for marijuana businesses, marijuana stores are all-cash establishments—making them easy targets for robbery and tax evasion.

    Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana through referendum last year and public opinion polls show clear majorities of Americans support marijuana legalization. Simply put, Americans have moved so far on this issue that existing laws have become antiquated.

    It is time for marijuana stores to work as legitimate businesses. Sign our petition to Sen. Leahy and tell him to allow banks to work with new marijuana businesses.

  • Tell D.C. City Council: Don't let Walmart win

    District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray vetoed the Large Retailer Accountability Act, which would have forced big box retailers operating in D.C. to pay workers a living wage of $12.50 an hour--a drop in the bucket compared to the billion dollar balance sheets of retailers included in this bill.

    Retail giant Walmart, looking to open up to six stores in DC, led an intense lobbying campaign against the bill. Mayor Gray is parroting Walmart’s claims, even calling this living wage bill a “job-killer,” but the reality is that Walmart is the job-killer and DC’s workers deserve better than its poverty wages.

    On Tuesday, September 17, D.C. City Council has the opportunity to override the mayor’s veto. To do so, one city council member who originally voted against the LRAA will need to find the courage to stand up to Walmart and change his or her vote to join the eight council members who voted for the LRAA.

    Please join with Daily Kos and Working America by signing the petition urging D.C. City Council members Tommy Wells, Muriel Bowser, Mary Cheh, David Catana, and Yvette Alexander to override Mayor Gray’s veto and pass the Large Retailer Accountability Act. Big Box retailers like Walmart can afford to and should pay living wages to their workers everywhere.

  • Tell D.C. City Council: Don't let Walmart win

    District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray vetoed the Large Retailer Accountability Act, which would have forced big box retailers operating in D.C. to pay workers a living wage of $12.50 an hour--a drop in the bucket compared to the billion dollar balance sheets of retailers included in this bill.

    Retail giant Walmart, looking to open up to six stores in DC, led an intense lobbying campaign against the bill. Mayor Gray is parroting Walmart’s claims, even calling this living wage bill a “job-killer,” but the reality is that Walmart is the job-killer and DC’s workers deserve better than its poverty wages.

    On Tuesday, September 17, D.C. City Council has the opportunity to override the mayor’s veto. To do so, one city council member who originally voted against the LRAA will need to find the courage to stand up to Walmart and change his or her vote to join the eight council members who voted for the LRAA.

    Please join with Daily Kos and Working America by signing the petition urging D.C. City Council members Tommy Wells, Muriel Bowser, Mary Cheh, David Catana, and Yvette Alexander to override Mayor Gray’s veto and pass the Large Retailer Accountability Act. Big Box retailers like Walmart can afford to and should pay living wages to their workers everywhere.

  • Tell House Republicans: no cuts to food stamps

    House Republicans want to slash food stamps—which would devastate children and the working poor.

    The Senate already made cuts earlier this year, but House Republicans hope that a vote on $40 billion in cuts would pressure the Senate to go even worse. That would mean cutting 1.7 million people off food stamps this year, and another 2.1 million next year.

    Now, House Republicans are planning to hold a vote this week on those cuts. With no public hearing.

    Sign our petition denouncing House Republicans for voting to slash Food Stamps—and to demand that Congress make no cuts.

  • Support the freedom to marry in Illinois!

    Don’t you think Illinois deserves the freedom to marry?

    Earlier this year, members of the Illinois House failed to act on the marriage bill before the end of the legislative session. We were disappointed, but we weren’t deterred.

    Over the last several weeks and months, marriage supporters across the state have stood together to build a grassroots campaign unlike anything Illinois has seen before. We’re strong—and we’re only going to grow stronger.

    If you’re ready to win marriage for all Illinois families this year, join Daily Kos and Illinois Unites for Marriage by signing our petition telling members of the House that Illinoisans are ready for the freedom to marry.

  • Tell John Kerry: Stop comparing war opponents to Nazi appeasers

    Godwin's LawAs he makes the case for a U.S. military strike in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry has compared Assad to Hitler. He has even gone so far in the past week to refer to this—twice—as “our Munich moment.”

    In other words, Kerry says those who oppose a military strike are like Neville Chamberlain. This is despicable, and reeks of the demagoguery we saw in the run-up to the Iraq War.

    Sign our petition to Secretary of State John Kerry to stop comparing the debate over taking military action in Syria to the debate over going to war with Nazi Germany in 1938, and thereby implying that opponents of war are akin to Nazi appeasers.

  • Tell Ken Cuccinelli: Pull the misleading ad

    Ken Cuccinelli's newest television ad isn't just a dishonest attempt to smear Terry McAuliffe—it includes stories from two women who didn't know they were being filmed for a political commercial.

    Mother Jones magazine broke the news that the women in the ad say they thought they were being interviewed for a documentary.

    "If I had know that's what it was for," one of them told the magazine, "I never would've agreed to the interview."

    Ken Cuccinelli put this ad on air — he can take it down. But he won’t do it unless he feels overwhelming pressure from the public telling him that keeping it up is unacceptable.

    Join Daily Kos and Terry McAuliffe. Sign our petition and call on Ken Cuccinelli to pull down his dishonest and disgraceful television ad.

  • Tell Congress: Don’t play politics with the debt ceiling

    It’s déja vu all over again.

    With the United States facing default and a global economic crisis unless Congress raises the debt limit, House Republicans are once again holding it hostage—saying they won’t let America pay its bills, unless President Obama and congressional Democrats agree to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

    Congress must stop playing politics with the debt ceiling. Please sign our petition rejecting Republican economic terrorism. Our country has no time for such petty politics.

  • Demand Ken Cuccinelli return questionable contributions from CONSOL Energy

    An out-of-state oil company, CONSOL Energy, is trying to wriggle out of its commitment to Virginia landowners. And Ken Cuccinelli might be helping them do it.

    Thousands of people in Southwest Virginia are suing CONSOL for nearly $28 million in owed royalties for the natural gas extracted from their land. But now it's been revealed that Cuccinelli’s office is under investigation for providing CONSOL with legal advice to help it defeat the lawsuit.

    If the allegations are true, instead of standing up for Virginians, Cuccinelli's office may have used public resources and tax dollars to fight against Virginians. While that may seem counter-intuitive for the Virginia Attorney General, it may have something to do with the $100,000 that CONSOL has contributed to his campaign for governor.

    Join with Daily Kos and Virginia Climate Voters by signing the letter demanding that Ken Cuccinelli return the $100,000 in contributions and take disciplinary action against any staff who helped CONSOL Energy.

  • BREAKING VICTORY: Larry Summers withdraws name from Fed Chair consideration

    UPDATE 4:41 pm eastern, September 15: VICTORY!!! Larry Summers has withdrawn his name from consideration to become the next chair of the Federal Reserve.

    Click here to read more.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you to the 165,402 members of the Daily Kos community who took action in this campaign. This is your victory. There is no way this would have happened without your efforts.

    Make sure to visit Daily Kos for updates on this story as they come in. The form below will no longer send any emails.

    THANK YOU!!!

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    Before any nominee to head the Federal Reserve is voted on by the full Senate, s/he must first be approved by the Senate Banking Committee. This gives us a good chance to stop Larry Summers from becoming the nexr chair of the Federal Reserve.

    The Wall Street Journal has reported that 3 Democrats on the Committee—Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown and Jeff Merkley—are prepared to vote against Larry Summers if he was nominated. If all of the Republicans on the committee joined them, then a majority of the committee would be opposed to Summers and his nomination would be defeated.

    [Update: Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), is now a fourth Democrat in opposition.]

    We now have a realistic shot at stopping Larry Summers from leading the Federal Reserve, but we need to keep piling on the pressure. Please, send an email to your senator who sits on the Banking Committee, either urging him or her to oppose Larry Summers from becoming the next chair of the Federal Reserve, or thanking him or her for opposing Summers.

  • Thank Wendy Davis for defeating Texas Republicans’ extreme redistricting plan

    Wendy Davis imageWendy Davis recently scored a big victory in court—beating back a Republican gerrymander of her Texas Senate district for discriminating against people of color.

    What's more, the court ordered the Republican-controlled Texas state government to pay legal bills Davis racked up challenging the gerrymander.

    The court’s ruling is a testament to the courage and temerity of State Sen. Wendy Davis, who stood up to Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott and the state Republican leadership to protect the voting rights of all Texas’ citizens.

    Wendy Davis is a fighter standing up for the rights of all people, both in the Senate and in the courtroom. Join Daily Kos and EMILY'S List in thanking Wendy Davis for bringing a successful lawsuit against the Republican gerrymander in Texas.

  • Tell Congress to assist the Syrian refugee crisis if they insist on war

    As President Obama pursues military air strikes, with the backing of most leaders of both parties in Congress, two million Syrians have fled the country to Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq.

    That’s nearly ten percent of the Syrian population, and the number is expected to nearly double by the end of the year. More than half of the refugees are children.

    Meanwhile, the U.N.’s Refugee Response Plan is gravely underfunded—with the United States having only pledged $1 billion. In contrast, Turkey has already spent $2 billion on this effort.

    If the United States can spend billions on tomahawk missiles and enforcing the no-fly zone, it must step up on aid to Syrian refugees. Sign our petition urging Congress to match every dollar spent on the air strike with additional assistance to the U.N.’s refugee assistance.

  • Contact your member of Congress about Syria

    President Obama is seeking congressional authorization for a military strike on Syria. The vote will happen soon and undecided votes are dwindling.

    We polled the Daily Kos community, and most were opposed to Congress authorizing even a limited military strike that would forbid the use of ground troops. However, a substantial portion, almost 40%, were either in favor of such a resolution or currently undecided.

    With such a variety of opinion, we are going to do something different. Instead of urging you to adopt a single position, we will instead empower you to make your voice heard.

    Please, use the form below to email your member of the House of Representatives, letting him or her know your opinion about a military strike on Syria--whatever your opinion may be.

    Note: Make sure to send an actual message. Please do not send a blank form.

  • Tell OSHA to inspect Texas chemical plants that kicked out inspectors

    It has been five months since a fertilizer plant exploded in West, Texas—killing 14 people and injuring 200. The plant stored explosive ammonium nitrate—but had no alarms, no automatic shutoff system, no firewall and no sprinkler system. And it was across the street from a school.

    But when Texas fire inspectors attempted to step up its enforcement, five chemical plants simply denied them access. And nothing under Texas law mandates that they allow such inspections.

    If Texas can’t protect its residents, the federal government must. Sign our petition to OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) demanding that they inspect the five chemical plants who have denied access to the Texas fire inspectors.

  • Help get out the vote for Democrat Angela Giron

    We're less than a week from Election Day and the NRA just dropped $250,000 into the recall elections against Democrats Angela Giron and John Morse. We need al hands on deck to beat back the tidal wave of right-wing money swamping us in these races. Please sign up to volunteer for state Sen. Angela Giron in her Pueblo office during one of the shifts listed below.

  • Tell Chris Christie to enact gun safety reforms

    Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed gun safety bills that were designed to protect our children, and ensure that criminals and the dangerously mentally ill do not have access to deadly weapons.

    Join Daily Kos and Barbara Buono in telling Gov. Christie to put New Jersey first and enact these gun safety reforms.

  • Tell President Obama: No military action in Syria without Congressional approval

    We are alarmed at alleged reports that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons, and appalled at the ongoing human rights violations.

    But as we learned from Iraq and Afghanistan, we cannot rush into another war.

    If President Obama believes that U.S. military action in Syria is necessary, he must be willing to present his case to Congress—and seek formal approval, as required by the U.S. Constitution.

    Please sign our petition, urging President Obama to seek Congressional approval.

  • Tell KRDO Channel 13 to dump the right-wing Pueblo Chieftain as a news partner
    “I want you to know that I'm not only in charge of the newspaper but every piece of news that goes out, and I don't like these gun laws, and I don't want you to vote for them.” - Ray Stafford, General Manager of the Pueblo Chieftain to Sen. Angela Giron.

    Colorado state Sen. Angela Giron is facing an NRA-backed recall, and the right-wing rag in her hometown smells blood. Now, in the final weeks of the campaign, they are using the ABC TV affiliate as a mouthpiece.

    The Pueblo Chieftain has been out to get Sen. Giron ever since she voted for common-sense gun safety legislation, and three top staffers at the paper all signed her recall petition. They have used every opportunity to give her bad press, including trumping up a bogus ethics complaint.

    The Pueblo Chieftain is also a news partner with KRDO Channel 13, the ABC News affiliate in Colorado Springs. So when the Chieftain publishes another hit-piece on Sen. Giron, Channel 13 will broadcast it on the evening news (such as the graphic above)—even reporting directly from the Chieftain newsroom.

    Sign our petition to KRDO Channel 13, the ABC news affiliate in Pueblo and Colorado Springs, demanding that they drop the Pueblo Chieftain as a news partner.

  • Sign the petition: Tell striking fast food workers you support them

    McDonald's workers strikeDecember 5 is expected to be the biggest day yet of the fast food strikes that have swept the country for the past year, with walkouts planned for 100 cities.

    The fight for a living wage and better working conditions is an uphill battle given the differential in power between giant, profitable corporations and low-wage workers struggling to make ends meet. But poverty and inequality are on the rise in America, and nothing will change—except maybe for the worse—if these workers don't fight.

    Sign our petition standing in solidarity with these brave workers, and we will make sure they receive your message. Their decision to fight is not only about giving themselves a chance at getting ahead, but it's also the only chance we all have to stop the economic race to the bottom in the country as a whole.

  • Sign your name to join fellow Democrats who are fighting to protect America’s right to vote

    Throughout our history, Americans have fought and died for the right to vote. And while we've made significant progress, even today there are those who seek to limit voting rights.

    A few weeks ago marked the 48th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. It was a major victory in the Civil Rights Movement and for decades, the law has protected the right to vote for millions of America’s citizens.

    Democrats know that our democracy works best when all of our voices are heard. But In the last few years, Republicans have dramatically stepped up their efforts to limit voting access – frequently disproportionately affecting communities of color, low-income voters, students, and the elderly.

    They've tried passing restrictive voter ID laws, cutting back early-voting hours, and eliminating same-day voter registration. And just this year the Supreme Court struck down parts of this important law—making it easier for states with a history of discrimination to pass restrictive voting laws.

    You can help. We must make sure that Republican attacks on voting rights don’t go unchallenged.

    Democrats are working to defend and expand voting access state by state.

    Sign your name to join fellow Democrats who are fighting to protect America’s right to vote. We will send you updates and information about what’s happening today, how Democrats are fighting back, and how you can get involved.

  • Thank John Morse and Angela Giron for doing the right thing on gun safety

    After the tragic shootings in Newtown and Aurora, Colorado state senators John Morse and Angela Giron passed landmark gun safety legislation.

    Military service members are required to pass a background check in order to carry firearms, so it makes perfect sense that civilians should too.

    Because of their leadership, the NRA has targeted them for defeat, with a recall election on September 10th.

    The gun lobby hopes to make an example out of these senators, saying their defeat will bring a “wave of fear that runs across every state legislator across the country.”

    Join Daily Kos and VoteVets in thanking Sens. Morse and Giron for doing the right thing on gun safety, even as the NRA and other extremists attack them for it.

  • Tell science book publishers not to cave to Texas Board of Education

    The right-wing majority on the Texas State Board of Education wants to revise the state's standards for science textbooks to require the addition of religious pseudoscience in biology.

    Because of the scale of production of these textbooks, the dictates of the Texas Board of Education may be included in textbooks used by millions of students in other states.

    We won’t change the minds of theocrats at the Texas Board of Education. But textbook publishers can refuse to make these changes, or pull out of the state's business altogether.

    Join Daily Kos and CREDO in telling textbook publishers to stand up to the right-wing ideologues on the Texas State Board of Education.

  • Tell the Tribune Company not to sell newspapers to Rupert Murdoch

    After 170,000 members of the Daily Kos community took action opposing the sale of Tribune Company newspapers to the Koch Brothers, we have won and the Kochs have backed down:

    The Koch brothers have dropped their controversial pursuit of Tribune Co.'s newspapers.[...]

    The billionaire brothers, known for their generous support of conservative causes, conducted a due diligence assessment of the eight daily newspapers that Tribune has put up for sale, including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. But they concluded that a deal wasn't financially viable.

    The financial viability of the sale was no doubt severely damaged after tens of thousands of subscribers and readers of those newspapers publicly opposed the sale.

    This is a big victory in the fight to keep the media out of the hand of conservative propagandists. However, we are not out of the woods yet. Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, which owns Fox News, is still rumored to be interested in purchasing Tribune Company newspapers.

    Let's win again. Please sign our petition to the Board of Directors of the Tribune Company, telling them not to sell any media properties to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

  • Tell Fox News to correct their false reports of the Chris Lane killers’ race

    Christopher Lane, a 22-year-old white Australian college student, was senselessly murdered in Oklahoma by three teenagers who shot and killed him “for fun.” Fox News falsely reported that the three kids were African-American, although one of them is white and another is biracial.

    Now, the conservative media is on a rampage. Rush Limbaugh has called it “Trayvon Martin in reverse,” and Fox News asked why President Obama has not made a public statement about three African-Americans murdering a white kid.

    Sign our petition demanding that Fox News correct their factual mistake, and cease the despicable race-baiting that has resulted.

  • Tell the administration: Say “no” to SOPA provisions

    We thought we had defeated the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), but no. The Department of Commerce just released a report recommending that the Obama administration revive an egregious component of SOPA legislation: making it a felony to stream copyrighted material online.

    That means if you make a video of yourself performing your favorite song, or of your family singing “Happy Birthday” to your little sister, or just talking with music in the background, and you upload that video to YouTube, you could be charged with a felony.

    The public has opposed SOPA-style legislation at every turn and this recommendation is no exception. Please sign the petition urging the administration not to follow this recommendation.

  • Tell the U.K. that journalists are not terrorists

    British authorities detained David Miranda—the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald, who broke the NSA spying scandal—for nine hours at London’s Heathrow Airport. Miranda was carrying documents from Edward Snowden’s trove of NSA evidence, which they confiscated.

    Normally British authorities need probable cause to detain someone, deny them access to an attorney and confiscate their belongings—unless you are a suspected terrorist.

    Miranda was not targeted because he was a suspected terrorist—but because he was linked to investigative journalists working to expose the NSA’s unconstitutional spying programs.

    The U.S. has escalated a war on journalists and whistleblowers, and now the U.K. is aiding and abetting. Join Daily Kos and CREDO in telling the U.K. that journalists are not terrorists.

  • Tell Congress: Don’t play politics with the debt ceiling

    Beyond threatening to shut down the federal government, House Republicans have moved on to their next tactic to defund Obamacare—holding the federal debt limit hostage in the fall. Again.

    We know what unnecessary damage this caused last time. Our credit rating took a dive, and the federal sequester has meant that 57,000 kids are now being denied Head Start.

    Congress must stop playing politics with the debt ceiling. Join Daily Kos and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in demanding House Republicans stop holding our economy hostage to their demands to repeal Obamacare. Our country has no time for such petty politics.

  • Tell House Speaker John Boehner: Bring immigration reform to a floor vote

    Comprehensive immigration reform passed the U.S. Senate with a strong, bipartisan majority. But under siege from extremists in his own party, House Speaker John Boehner has refused to bring the bill to a floor vote.

    We cannot allow the fate of 11 million immigrants to be held hostage by a right-wing fringe, or the ambitions of one politician. It is time to pass immigration reform now.

    Join Daily Kos and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in urging House Speaker John Boehner to bring comprehensive immigration reform to a floor vote.

  • Tell Walmart & the Walton family to respect workers & pay a real wage!

    Since June, Walmart has fired or disciplined more than 70 workers for standing up for their co-workers’ right to come together and organize for change.

    But they’re not backing down. Workers around the country are coming together and standing up for better jobs and decent pay.

    Walmart workers are drawing a line in the sand and calling on Walmart and the Walton family to address these issues by Labor Day or the company will see intensified action nationwide.

    Join Making Change at Walmart and Daily Kos in telling Walmart and the Waltons to respect their employees and pay a real wage.

  • Tell the Dept. of Justice to appeal the legalization of bomb threats to abortion clinics

    An anti-choice activist has been acquitted of his bomb threat to a Wichita abortion clinic because the judge said that the threat made in a letter was not a “true threat.”

    The judge’s decision sets a dangerous precedent. There is a long history of violence against these doctors. Dr. George Tiller, a doctor from this very same clinic, was gunned down in front of his church congregation only four years ago, after years of similar threats from so-called “pro-life” activists.

    Tell the DOJ to appeal this decision. Bomb threats on abortion clinics should not fall under free speech.

  • Tell Mayor Nutter not to let Gov. Corbett make Philly the next Detroit. Defend families, teachers, and public schools.

    Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has two votes on the School Reform Commissionvotes he hasn’t been using to defend Philadelphia’s public schools. He and Gov. Tom Corbett have failed Philadelphia students and families and now they are holding schools hostage for $130 million in concessions from teachers. 


    As it stands, these massive education cuts will result in huge losses for teachers and students, including:

    • 13% percent pay cut and longer hours for teachers
    • One nurse for every 2500 students
    • Most guidance counselors will be laid off
    • No more teacher preparation periods
    • Later school start dates
    • All while partial or full union strikes loom

    Now, organizers on the ground are saying that, with large layoffs and school closures hitting the city’s schools, public pressure is beginning to make him nervous. We need to pile on.

    Tell Nutter to not let Corbett make Philly the next Detroit. Defend families, teachers, and public schools.

  • Denounce Republicans threatening a government shutdown

    The Republicans just launched a plan to strip every single cent of Obamacare’s funding. And if Democrats don’t go along with this revolting scheme that would leave 32 million uninsured, top Republicans have vowed to shut down government.

    It’s despicable: The Republicans will hold the entire nation hostage unless Obamacare is completely eliminated.

    Stand with Daily Kos and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in denouncing Republicans who would completely shut down the government just to destroy Obamacare.

  • Tell Democratic senators: Don’t cave to White House pressure on Summers

    The effort to block Wall Street waterboy Larry Summers from being the next Federal Reserve chairman is gaining momentum, and for good reason.

    Over 135,000 people signed our petition to President Obama, and approximately 20 Democratic senators sent a letter to the White House—endorsing Janet Yellen for the job.

    The White House is angry, and its pressure on senators may be working. Some Democratic senators are now saying they will end up supporting anyone the president picks for the job, which renders any statement they made in favor of another candidate meaningless.

    This is too important to back away from. Contact the Democratic senators who took a stand in favor of Janet Yellen, urging them to oppose any confirmation of Larry Summers. In order to make sure your message is heard, we will hand deliver your signatures to their offices in Washington, DC.

  • Don’t let Detroit subsidize 22-year-old “crisis managers” at $275/hour

    As part of its $1.4 million-a-month restructuring to get Detroit out of bankruptcy, the unelected Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has retained the corporate consulting firm Conway-Mackenzie.

    The firm, which claims to specialize in “turnaround and crisis management,” has billed the city over $288,000 for two weeks of staff time—including a 22-year-old analyst at $275-per-hour.

    Meanwhile, Detroit’s bankruptcy means that police, firefighters and their widows may lose their pensions. Sign our petition to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, urging the state to pay the bill.

  • Stop the spread of misinformation about Obamacare

    Outside groups are spending millions on ads to spread misinformation and confuse the public about Obamacare. In fact, opponents have already spent $385 million doing just that.

    It's not that they have a better idea to protect people's health––they see Obamacare as a significant policy victory for President Obama and the people who support the law, and they want to do everything they can to undermine that.

    Join Daily Kos and Organizing for Action by sending opponents of Obamacare a simple but powerful message:

  • Demand answers from the next Fed chair

    The next Fed chair will have enormous power and influence over our entire financial system and the direction of the economy. The Fed is responsible not only for our country’s monetary policy, but it is also a key regulator of financial institutions.

    The president’s nominee for Fed chair must be committed to improving the lives of working Americans who are still struggling through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

    Join Daily Kos, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Democracy for America to demand answers from the next Fed chair on these four incredibly important questions.

  • Tell Congress to end mandatory minimum sentences for federal drug offenses

    As Attorney General Eric Holder told the American Bar Association: “too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law enforcement reason.”

    We can blame the War on Drugs, with its mandatory minimum sentences that keep non-violent drug offenders in our overcrowded and skyrocketing prison population.

    More than 219,000 federal inmates are currently behind bars. Almost half are serving time for drug-related crimes—many are non-violent and have substance use disorders. It is time to acknowledge that federal mandatory minimum sentences are part of the problem.

    Back up Eric Holder's words by signing our petition urging Congress to abolish mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders. There has never been a better time to take action on this.

  • Tell the NYC council Stop and Frisk has got to go. Vote to overturn Bloomberg’s veto of the Community Safety Act

    Stop and FriskA federal judge has ruled New York City's Stop and Frisk law unconstitutional. In the ruling, the judge stating that the law has consistently violated the Fourth Amendment of hundreds of thousands of minorities, and called for a “federal monitor to oversee broad reforms.”

    But there is an opportunity to rectify this bad law in just a few days, and without the need for any federal monitors. Next week, city council members will vote to overturn Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of the Community Safety Act, which would put great restrictions on the Stop and Frisk law right away.

    Tell the NYC council to overturn Bloomberg's veto of the Community Safety Act, and place great restrictions on Stop and Frisk.

  • Get the Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest over email every weekday morning

    The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest covers just about everything that takes place on or around the campaign trail: polls, fundraising, candidate announcements, redistricting, gaffes, TV ads, and more. We put it all in one email every weekday morning.

    Sign up for the Elections Digest and get the most comprehensive electoral news round-up anywhere. When you sign up, we will immediately send you the Digest from Monday, August 12.

  • Tell John Boehner: Get off the golf course and back to work

    So far, the 113th Congress is the most unproductive in history. Nearly eight months in, just 22 bills have passed Congress and been sent to the President—worse than the famous “Do-Nothing Congress.”

    But even though the House of Representatives has worked for just 87 days this year, Speaker John Boehner just called for a five-week recess. His first order of business on his hard-earned vacation? Golfing with Donald Trump.

    Meanwhile, Americans are still waiting for the House to vote on:

    • The Senate’s immigration reform bill
    • A jobs bill
    • Funding to avoid a government shutdown

    Join Daily Kos and the DCCC to sign the petition telling John Boehner: Get off the golf course and back to work.

  • Tell McDonald’s: Stop cheating employees with fee-laden debit cards

    Natalie Gunshannon, a 27-year-old single mom, worked at McDonald’s. But when she picked up her first paycheck, they gave her a JP Morgan Chase Payroll card. The card had a $1.50 fee for ATM withdrawals, a $10 inactivity fee after 90 days, and other transaction fees.

    In other words, she has to pay to access her earned salary. When Natalie asked to be paid with a simple check, they refused—and said this was the only way McDonald’s would pay her.
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    It’s bad enough that McDonald’s—a multi-billion dollar corporation—pays its employees poverty wages. But paying them with fee-laden debit cards is unconscionable. Join Daily Kos and CREDO by signing our petition, demanding that McDonald’s cease this practice.

  • Tell Congress: Oppose the Republican plan to cripple the USPS

    No more Saturday mail delivery. No more door-to-door mail service for millions of Americans.

    Rep. Darrell Issa’s Postal Reform Act would implement these drastic changes to the postal service while slashing over 100,000 mail carrier jobs, directly attacking postal employees’ collective-bargaining rights, and creating a new and entirely unnecessary oversight committee.

    The postal service doesn’t need new bureaucracy. It doesn’t even need to cut jobs or services. What it needs is an end to the disastrous pre-funding mandate, which requires the postal service to guarantee retiree health care and pension benefits for 75 years—a Bush-era mandate that no other government agency or private company is forced to do.

    Join CREDO and Daily Kos to tell Congress: Oppose the Postal Reform Act of 2013.

  • Tell the Senate to support the Harkin and Begich plans to strengthen Social Security

    Social Security is one of the greatest anti-poverty programs in our country’s history, and it's under attack by people who want us to believe the myth that it's about to run out of money.

    We are told the only way to save the program is to slash benefits. But, Social Security benefits are already inadequate.

    Two senators from conservative states – Tom Harkin from Iowa and Mark Begich from Alaska – have proposed plans to increase benefits while also ensuring the increased benefits can be paid fully for decades to come. And we should support them.

    If you’re tired of constantly playing defense and want to change the narrative to be about how we can improve Social Security by making it fairer and more generous, then join Daily Kos and CREDO in telling the Senate to support the Harkin and Begich plans to strengthen Social Security.

  • Tell the GOP: Violence is not a game

    GOP slap Hillary An extreme outside GOP group is telling its supporters to virtually slap Hillary Clinton. Here's how it works: when she starts speaking, the player has to slap her. They're advocating slapping a woman for speaking -- and they're calling it a "game."

    This "game" is the work of a shadowy outside group calling themselves "The Hillary Project." They say they'll do anything possible to "wage war on Hillary" and keep her out of the White House.

    EMILY's List logoThis ridiculous behavior is why no amount of "re-branding" is going to help Republicans win over women voters -- they just don't get it. Violence against women isn't a "game." Slapping a woman for speaking isn't actually a joke. It's just gross.

    EMILY’s List is demanding that every GOP candidate in 2016 pledge to refuse money from The Hillary Project and any other group advocating violence against women. Add your name now:

  • Tell U.S. Senate: Crack down on sexual assault in the military

    Last year alone, it was estimated that there were 26,000 unwanted sexual contacts, assaults and rapes throughout all branches of the U.S. military. But of those, only 3,374 were reported.

    Victims tell us this is because they think nothing will be done or else fear a backlash from commanders, who are currently in charge of handling sexual assault cases in the military.

    That’s why Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has proposed a bill that would remove commanders from handling sexual assault cases, instead putting seasoned military lawyers in charge of prosecuting these crimes.

    Tell the U.S. Senate to take action against sexual assault in the military by passing Sen. Gillibrand’s Military Justice Improvement Act.

  • Tell President Obama: Don’t frack on federal lands

    The Obama Administration just released a proposed set of rules to the Bureau of Land Management that would allow fracking on 600 million acres of federal land.

    Fracking is inherently unsafe, and has no business on our public lands. Not only does it threaten our air, water, health and public lands. It also exacerbates climate change.

    The Bureau of Land Management is accepting comments until August 23 on the administration’s proposed set of rules.

    Join Daily Kos and Forecast the Facts by signing our petition to President Obama, telling him to ban fracking on public lands.

  • Tell TV stations: Don't air Citizens United's "documentary"

    Citizens United, the special interest group that ushered in the SuperPAC era of American politics, just released a 30-minute "documentary" about Terry McAuliffe.

    Like other "documentaries" Citizens United has produced in the past––including the anti-Obama The Hope and The Change––their new film about Terry is nothing more than a thinly-veiled attack ad designed to con viewers into believing it's presenting an objective take on this election.

    But three local television stations are actually going to air the "documentary"––as many as 20 times each before the election.

    Please join Daily Kos and Terry McAuliffe for Governor by signing the petition urging television stations not to air this attack ad.

  • Say you're with Governor O'Malley on climate change

    O'Malley PAC logo Climate disruption is realit is not an ideological issue any more than gravity. The sea level is rising, our world is warming, and severe weather costs us more and more each year.

    And in Maryland, with 3,200 miles of rising coastlines, our state is more vulnerable than most when it comes to a changing climate.

    Join Daily Kos and Gov. Martin O'Malley and say you're with us in our efforts to reduce carbon emissions while ensuring a more prosperous future.

  • Tell Gov. Christie to take bold action to prevent gun violence

    The New Jersey legislature recently passed legislation that would expand background checks, require safety training for gun owners and tighten the penalties for letting guns fall into the hands of children. They've also passed a bill that would prevent those on the federal terrorist watch list from buying guns.

    Now it's up to Gov. Chris Christie to sign these bills into law.

    Join Daily Kos and Americans for Responsible Solutions in urging Gov. Christie to do the right thing and sign these commonsense measures to keep our communities safe.

  • Tell governors to revisit the A-F grading system

    The ALEC-inspired A-F grading system for schools is nothing more than a dishonest attempt to take down public schools, not to mention a corruption magnet. It was recently revealed that the former Indiana superintendent changed a charter school’s grade from a “C” to an “A” because the founder was a big donor to his campaign.

    Beyond politicians letting for-profit schools buy their influence, the A-F school scoring system is a bad idea. Most charter schools are thrown into a pool with public schools that have more studentsincluding a higher percentage of students with disabilitiesless funding, and adhere to strict government regulations. Meanwhile, for-profit schools don't have to accept all students, they receive funding by the state as well as tuition dollars from parents, and are largely unregulated. It sets public schools up to fail and as proof they should be privatized.


    Tell governors of Arizona, Alabama, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Utah that the A-F grading system isn’t right and should be reconsidered until states level the playing field for both public and private schools.

  • Tell Justice Dept. to investigate Texas troopers for “Stop and Probe”

    Two women were driving their car on the highway when they were pulled over for throwing out a cigarette. The next thing they know, the state trooper claimed to smell marijuana, and the women received a full body cavity search.

    The female trooper who conducted the cavity search has already been fired, the male trooper is under investigation, and the women are suing for sexual assault. This incident is bad enough, but it isn’t an isolated occurrence among the Texas state Highway Patrol. It has happened before and it might happen again unless something is done.

    Tell the Department of Justice to investigate the Texas Department of Public Safety for multiple cases of Fourth Amendment rights violations.

  • Support the Moral Monday protesters in North Carolina

    North Carolina Republicans—who control both houses of the legislature and the governorship—are on a rampage to pass some of the most right-wing laws in the country.

    They have ended unemployment benefits for 71,000 people, passed a voter suppression law that disenfranchises college students and people of color, and pushed a draconian abortion bill even worse than the one in Texas.

    But since April 29, a coalition led by the North Carolina NAACP has been staging weekly nonviolent protests at their statehouse, called Moral Mondays. So far, more than 900 have been arrested—but more keep coming back each week to keep up the pressure.

    Join Daily Kos in thanking these protesters for their persistence.

  • Tell Rush Limbaugh's advertisers to stop supporting his attacks on women

    Rush Limbaugh's radio program may be dropped from Cumulus Media, the second-largest radio broadcaster in the country. Its CEO recently reported that backlash from Rush's outrageous remarks about Sandra Fluke cost the company millions in advertising revenue.

    But the picture is not yet clear. It could be that Cumulus is simply pushing back in negotiations to drive a better bargain for the network. And Rush could be playing hardball because he wants to jump to a better deal with rival stations.

    That’s why it's more important than ever that we send the message that Rush's hate speech is bad for business.

    Join Daily Kos and CREDO in telling Rush Limbaugh's current and future advertisers to stop supporting his outrageous attacks on women.

  • Tell Sen. Patrick Leahy: We need a public investigation into abuses of power by intelligence and law enforcement agencies

    A New York woman searched for information about pressure cookers. Her husband was looking for information on backpacks around the same time. Their son once read a CNN article on how the Boston bombers created their homemade bombs. The family was profiled as potential terrorists and received a visit from six armed law enforcement officials.

    Intelligence and law enforcement agencies are out of control. There’s a steady drip of leaks and news stories on what kinds of information the government is keeping about American citizens, how it’s gathering that information, and what it’s doing with that information that paints a profoundly disturbing picture.

    It’s time to open up this process and have a public debate about the actions and tactics of today’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

    Sign our petition to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy demanding a public hearing to investigate what law enforcement knew about this innocent family and how they knew it.

  • Tell the feds to enforce the law on C.E.O. pay

    President Obama says that high executive salaries contributed to a “reckless culture” that nearly destroyed our economy.

    That’s why the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, which Congress passed in 2010, requires publicly traded corporations to disclose how much their CEOs make compared to their average worker.

    Three years later, the Securities and Exchange Commission has yet to even pass regulations enforcing this rule—and meanwhile, corporations have not complied.

    Join Daily Kos and USAction in signing our petition to the SEC, requesting that they implement regulations to disclose executive compensation.

  • Tell the Bureau of Land Management: Require fracking chemical disclosure

    In his 2012 State of the Union address, President Obama pledged to require "all companies that drill for gas on public lands to disclose the chemicals they use" and to "develop this resource without putting the health and safety of our citizens at risk." But the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has now proposed a new rule regulating natural gas drilling on public land that would do little to keep people informed or protected.

    The proposed rule will govern drilling operations on 700 million acres of public land. This includes national forests, which are the source of drinking water for tens of millions of Americans, as well as national wildlife refuges and national parks, which are widely used for recreation and wildlife conservation.

    Join with Daily Kos and the Center for Effective Government in telling the Bureau of Land Management to require fracking companies to disclose the dangerous chemicals they use when drilling on public land. Send an email urging the BLM to revise its proposed rule and protect our environment, water supplies, and public health. Comments close on August 23.

  • Tell your Congressmember to bring immigration reform to the House floor

    It has become clear that comprehensive immigration reform—which passed the U.S. Senate in June—will only pass the House with Democratic votes.

    But fearing a coup from extremists in his party that may cost him the speakership, John Boehner has refused to bring the bill to the House floor.

    We cannot allow the fate of 11 million immigrants to be held hostage by a right-wing fringe, or the ambitions of one politician. We can bring immigration reform to the House floor, if we bypass the speaker and get a majority of House members to sign a “discharge petition.”

    Sign our petition urging your House member to sign a "discharge petition" to bring comprehensive immigration reform to a floor vote.

  • Demand that U.S. House members bring immigration reform to a floor vote

    It has become clear that comprehensive immigration reform—which passed the U.S. Senate in June—will only pass Congress with Democratic votes.

    But fearing a coup from extremists in his party that may cost him the speakership, John Boehner has refused to bring the bill to the House floor.

    We cannot allow the fate of 11 million immigrants to be held hostage by a right-wing fringe, or the ambitions of one politician. We can bring immigration reform to the House floor, if we bypass the speaker and get a majority of House members to sign a “discharge petition.”

    Sign our petition urging U.S. House members to bring comprehensive immigration reform to a floor vote, with or without Speaker Boehner.

  • Tell Indiana attorney general to investigate former superintendent for grade-fixing scandal

    Former Indiana Superintendent of Schools Tony Bennett was caught red handed intervening on behalf of a charter school—asking that its "C" grade be switched to an "A," without any actual improvements in the classroom. The school had a "C" grade due to its poor test scores.

    But the charter school in question was run by Christel DeHaan—a major GOP donor.

    Superintendent Bennett then got promoted to run the Florida school system, saying he would hold failing schools accountable. He just quit that job as well. If we don't hold him accountable now, he'll be back pushing the same old policies.

    Sign the petition demanding the Indiana attorney general investigate former Indiana schools Superintendent Tony Bennett for changing the grade of a charter school for his donors.

  • Tell President Obama: Stop negotiating cuts to Medicare

    President Obama is touring the country, talking about the economy, job creation, and income inequality. But his administration is negotiating with Republicans in a last-ditch attempt to strike a “grand bargain” to cut Medicare.

    Since becoming law in 1965, Medicare has lifted millions of American seniors out of poverty and kept millions more from falling into it. President Obama can’t expect us to take his talk about income inequality seriously as his closest advisers are discussing cutting the most successful health care program in American history.

    Tell President Obama: Medicare works. Stop pursuing a grand bargain that will do little more than hurt seniors and undercut the most successful health care program in America.

  • Tell First National Bank to pay Katie Barnett restitution for breaking into her house

    "I don’t have receipts for all of my stuff. I wasn’t expecting a bank to come and to accidently repossess my house and throw it all away. And second, if I did, where do you think it would be? In my house with all my belongings?"

    - Katie Barnett of McArthur, Ohio

    An Ohio woman returned home from a two-week vacation to find all her possessions gone. First National Bank of Wellston meant to foreclose on her neighbor across the street—but got the wrong house, changed the locks and removed everything.

    The bank apologized and claims they want to reimburse her, but refused when she itemized everything and it added up to $18,000 in personal property. Now they are insisting that she furnish receipts, and won’t pay a cent until she does.

    Sign our petition to Eric Emmert, president and CEO of First National Bank of Wellston, demanding that they reimburse a minimum of $18,000 to Katie Barnett.

  • Tell Ken Cuccinelli: Stay out of the bedroom!

    Ken Cuccinelli supports an archaic anti-sodomy law in Virginia––an outdated and extreme piece of legislation that would criminalize consensual sex between adults. His reasoning? In a 2009 speech, Cuccinelli said that sodomy should be illegal because our legal system should reflect "natural laws."

    Cuccinelli is stuck in the dark ages, yet campaigning to be our governor in 2013––it’s up to us to make sure he doesn’t win. Please join Daily Kos and Terry McAuliffe for Governor by signing the petition demanding Ken Cuccinelli stay out of Virginians' bedrooms.

  • Tell President Obama to appoint Janet Yellen as the next Fed chair

    The progressive backlash against the possibility of appointing Wall Street waterboy Larry Summers to chair the Fed is building. Last week, Sen. Sherrod Brown rallied over one-third of Senate Democrats to stop Summers and pressure President Obama to appoint Janet Yellen instead.

    Sign Sen. Brown’s letter to President Obama: Appoint Janet Yellen—NOT Larry Summers—to chair the Fed.

  • Send fast food workers your message of solidarity

    McDonald's workers strikeFor too long, fast food workers have lived on poverty wages and endured poor conditions. But now they are starting to fight back.

    Last week, fast food workers in seven cities had the largest such walkout in history—as they demanded a $15 / hour living wage. This followed a strike in New York City of McDonald’s workers, after a coworker collapsed from heat exhaustion in a kitchen that lacked air conditioning.

    Unsafe working conditions and low wages are the inspiration for these nonunion workers who say that they are tired of suffering.

    Join Daily Kos and The Other 98% by telling these brave fast food workers that you stand in solidarity with them!

  • Don’t let the Koch Brothers buy the news

    Charles and David Koch, the billionaire oil executives, have for years bankrolled tea party groups and right-wing candidates like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

    Now, they have their eyes set on buying the Tribune Company—which owns the Baltimore Sun, Hartford Courant, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and other newspapers.

    The Koch brothers have an agenda to create misinformation that has no place in the news business. And this purchase would destroy serious local efforts underway to buy newspapers like the Baltimore Sun and operate them as independent, locally owned enterprises.

    Join Daily Kos and the Working Families in demanding the Tribune Company not sell to the Koch Brothers, and support local ownership of American news organizations.

  • Tell President Obama not to appoint Larry Summers as Federal Reserve chair

    It seems that Larry Summers is the frontrunner for chair of the Federal Reserve.

    Summers is famous for three things. One is being kind of a bully and a jerk. One is always being the smartest guy in the room—yet having an astonishingly bad track record when it comes to being, y'know, anywhere in the vicinity of correct on the major issues.

    The third is believing that there are fewer women in science and math because innate differences between women and men—and, no doubt coincidentally, overseeing a decline in the percentage of women among the professors receiving tenure offers during his time as president of Harvard University.

    Please send a personal email to the White House urging President Obama not to nominate Larry Summers to be the next chair of the Federal Reserve. The email below is a sample, which can be edited.

  • Tell First National Bank to pay Katie Barnett restitution for breaking into her house

    An Ohio woman returned from vacation to find that all of her belongings had been stolen, taken right out of her house. She knows who did it, but the local police aren't helping her.

    That's because Katie Barnett's stuff was not stolen by a burglar who slipped in under cover of darkness, but by a bank.

    First National Bank of Wellston foreclosed on her neighbor across the street—but got the wrong house, changed the locks and removed everything from Barnett's home. Meanwhile, the McArthur police chief has declared the case closed—even though Barnett doesn't have her stuff back and hasn't been paid.

    Katie estimates that she lost over $18,000 in personal property, itemized everything and has asked the bank to reimburse her. First National Bank has refused.

    Sign our petition to Eric Emmert, president and CEO of First National Bank of Wellston, demanding they reimburse a minimum of $18,000 to Katie Barnett.

  • Help Elizabeth Warren rein in Wall Street by passing 21st Century Glass-Steagall

    "Banking should be boring. Savings accounts, checking accounts—the things that you and I rely on every day—should be safe from the sort of high-risk activities that broke our economy."

    - Sen. Elizabeth Warren

    The repeal of Glass-Steagall in 1999 shattered the firewall between commercial and investment banks, paving the way for the irresponsibly risky behavior that caused the financial crisis.

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren and a bipartisan group of senators are seeking to restore some sanity to our banking system by re-establishing a modern version of Glass-Steagall. We can force Congress to rein in “too big to fail” banks.

    Join Daily Kos and CREDO by signing this petition to show your support for Elizabeth Warren, and urge Congress to pass this critical legislation to bring badly needed reform to Wall Street.

  • Tell President Obama to not appoint Larry Summers as Federal Reserve chair

    With Ben Bernanke stepping down, President Obama is rumored to be selecting Larry Summers as the new chairman of the Federal Reserve.

    As Bill Clinton’s Treasury secretary, Summers pushed the deregulation practices that caused the 2008 financial crisis. With this appointment, Obama would effectively reward the Wall Street bankers who played Russian roulette with our economy.

    As Harvard president, Summers suggested that women lacked the aptitude to be scientists or engineers. Appointing him to a position that has never been held by a woman would send a terrible message.

    Sign our petition requesting that President Obama not appoint Larry Summers as Federal Reserve chair, and consider instead appointing a more qualified woman, such as Deputy Chair Janet Yellen.

  • Tell the Senate to put a lower cap on student loan interest rates

    There is a so-called "deal" on student loans between the White House and Congress, and it's a sham. Under the terms of the deal, federal student loans stand to go even higher than their current 6.8% rate.

    This is unconscionable, and it's why Sen. Elizabeth Warren said this plan is “more than wrong, it’s obscene.”

    Thankfully Sen. Jack Reed has a plan that could make things right. He has introduced an amendment that will permanently cap interest rates at 6.8%

    Join Daily Kos and OURTIME.org in sending an email to your senators, supporting the Reed Amendment and putting a cap on student loan interest rates.

  • Tell the House: Curtail NSA data collection by passing the Amash amendment

    This week, there will be a vote on the Amash amendment––introduced by Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), co-sponsored by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and over 30 other bipartisan members. This amendment will substantially curtail the NSA's domestic spying program by limiting bulk data collection by the NSA––no more sweeping data collection of the phone records of people who are not the subject of a terrorism or espionage investigation.

    According to the House Rules Committee, the Amash amendment:

    Ends authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act. Bars the NSA and other agencies from using Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect records, including telephone call records, that pertain to persons who are not subject to an investigation under Section 215.

    Please join with Daily Kos and RootsAction to urge your representative to vote in favor of the Amash amendment to begin curtailing the NSA domestic spying program.

  • Tell Mayor Emanuel: Save public school teachers instead of basketball arenas

    Chicago public schools are in crisis, and recent school closures have disproportionately hurt low-income communities of color. Now, the school district has announced they are laying off another 2,000 employees—including 1,036 teachers.

    Meanwhile, Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to spend $55 million to build a new basketball stadium for DePaul University—a private school where annual tuition costs $30,000. And on city-owned property, so it will not generate any new property tax revenue.

    Sign our petition urging Mayor Emanuel to dump the DePaul basketball arena—and use the funds to help save the jobs of public school teachers.

  • Tell McDonald’s to end unsafe working conditions and pay workers a living wage

    The northeast has been experiencing one of the worst heat waves in decades, but there’s no relief for McDonald’s workers who spend those hot afternoons over hot grills and fryers for low wages.

    Many of the McDonald’s kitchens don’t even have air conditioning to alleviate the miserable summer, and at least one worker was taken to the hospital as a result.

    This is one of the many reasons McDonald’s workers walked off the job in New York City last week at the 4259 Broadway location. After being forced to work without air conditioning during the hottest days of year, they couldn’t take it anymore and demanded that McDonald’s create a safer work environment with better wages for those braving the heat.

    Stand with these brave workers. Sign the petition telling McDonald’s to end unsafe working conditions and pay workers a living wage.

  • Tell Ken Cuccinelli: Science is science–it doesn't need government intrusion

    In 2010, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli led a witch-hunt against respected climate scientist Michael Mann, just for researching a topic he didn't like.

    Cuccinelli's subpoena of thousands of Professor Mann's emails from his time at the University of Virginia was a gross overreach — not least of all because UVA is a public university represented by the Attorney General's office.

    Virginia's Supreme Court agreed and ruled that Cuccinelli didn't have the authority to subpoena Professor Mann's work.

    But that ruling didn't come until after UVA was forced to spend $600,000 defending itself against Cuccinelli's investigation. ($600,000 that could have been better spent, perhaps, on scholarships or textbooks for students.)

    Please join with Daily Kos and Terry McAuliffe for Governor by signing the petition urging Ken Cuccinelli to stop using the power of his office to accomplish his conservative agenda by going after academic research on climate science that should be protected from government interference.

  • Tell the House Ethics Committee to investigate Rep. Darrell Issa

    The so-called IRS scandal was a lie. Another politically motivated lie crafted in the dark and destructive mind of Rep. Darrell Issa. The IRS never targeted tea party groups, and IRS agents who were questioned in Issa’s House Government Reform and Oversight Committee confirmed that fact.

    While this witch hunt was going on, Rep. Darrell Issa was raking in the dough. In fact, it was his largest fundraising quarter since he began serving in Congress 12 years ago—$737,109 in campaign contributions from April 1 through June 30 of this year, which was nearly $450,000 more than his previous fundraising quarter.

    Tell the House Ethics Committee that the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee is not a place for politically motivated inquisitions that build campaign coffers. Rep. Darrell Issa should be investigated and censured for his misconduct.

  • Thank Elizabeth Warren for Standing Up for the Middle Class

    Last week, Elizabeth Warren introduced her first big banking bill in the Senate. The 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act would hold big banks accountable and protect the middle class. It’s exactly the kind of legislation we need to protect us from high-risk activities that broke our economy in the first place.

    We need more women like Elizabeth Warren in elected office – women who are not afraid to ask the tough questions, and push for accountability from Wall Street. This is just another example of why EMILY’s List works every day to elect more women like her.

    Please join with Daily Kos and EMILY'S List by thanking Elizabeth Warren for standing up for the middle class.


  • To the U.S. Senate: Now is time to pass the talking filibuster

    We did it. Our persistent push for filibuster reform forced the Republicans in the U.S. Senate to stop their obstruction and allow an up-or-down vote on the president's nominees. America can now move forward with critical reforms to stop predatory lending, keep our air and water clean, and block unfair labor practices.

    But it's not enough to restore the traditions of the Senate just for executive nominations. The Senate also has to find a way to debate constructively—and then move forward to a majority vote—on legislation and judicial nominees.

    The talking filibuster would allow senators who want further debate—or even to block a vote—to take the floor and make their case. But when they're done, the Senate should move forward and vote. No more silent filibusters. The American people deserve a Senate that works.

    Join Daily Kos and Senator Jeff Merkley by telling the U.S. Senate to pass the talking filibuster.

  • Tell the AARP to denounce Rush Limbaugh

    Rush Limbaugh shouldn't speak for the AARP

    The AARP has public service announcements running on radio stations around the country, including the Rush Limbaugh Show. AARP has released a statement saying that because these are PSA’s they have no control over where the ads are running, but that still means The Rush Limbaugh Show has the AARP brand running right beside it.

    Rush Limbaugh agreed with Texas Gov. Rick Perry who called Social Security a "ponzi scheme" while running for president in 2012 [9/8/11]. Limbaugh further said that the program that keeps millions of seniors out of poverty "has become a welfare program for a bunch of bottom feeders" [9/8/11]

    The AARP supports seniors and has spoken out in support of programs like Social Security and Medicare, while the right wing stands against laws that support the elderly in their twilight years, and shouldn't stand for this kind of language.

    Sign the petition telling the AARP that if they can’t stop the PSA’s running on Rush Limbaugh's Program, they should at least denounce Rush Limbaugh and his anti-senior policies.

  • Time to repeal all “stand your ground” laws

    Florida is only one of 24 states with a “stand your ground” law on its books, where vigilantes with guns can take the law into their own hands. And there are many more examples than Trayvon Martin where it resulted in a senseless death.

    In a system that is already racially imbalanced, “stand your ground” laws only make it worse. White defendants like George Zimmerman who kill black people are far more likely to get acquitted than the reverse.

    As Attorney General Eric Holder said, “it’s time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods.” Sign our petition, urging state legislatures to repeal their “stand your ground” laws.

  • Working together we can fight back against Mitch McConnell

    Mitch McConnell is in danger of losing. Polls show he’s in a deadlocked tie with his Democratic challenger, and after 425 filibuster abuses, he’s the least popular senator in America.

    This is one of the biggest opportunities of the year to give Republicans a run for their money. Mitch could finally be held accountable for his obstruction and incredible abuse of power.

    Please join with Daily Kos and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee by signing the pledge to fight back against Mitch McConnell and end GOP Gridlock in the Senate.

  • Thank Senate Democrats for standing strong on the filibuster

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Democrats stood strong against Republicans obstruction and won. Their leadership broke the logjam on executive nominees and the Senate has finally confirmed—after more than 700 days—Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

    This is exactly what we wanted to happen. We called on Senate Democrats to stand strong on the filibuster—and they did.

    Please join Daily Kos and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to thank Democrats for standing strong.

  • Tell Senate Democrats: Now is the time to pass the talking filibuster

    Senate Democrats gained a victory when they ended the filibuster on nominees which Republicans had been blocking. But Republicans are still blocking key legislation, like extending unemployment benefits.

    The good news is that Democrats kept the nuclear option in their pocket for another day—retaining the ability to stop Republicans from using the filibuster at any time.

    Senate Democrats won a huge victory on nominees. They proved they can bust through a Republican filibuster with a simple majority at any time and that they have the political will to do it.

    Now, Democrats need to use that political will to push for real reform and restore the talking filibuster for everything.

    Sign the petition: Restore the talking filibuster.

  • Tell anti-choice lawmakers: We are in this fight for the long run

    Stand with Texas women imageTexas lawmakers have passed an abortion ban that threatens to shut down dozens of health centers and deny women access to basic care.

    It's the same story we're seeing in Wisconsin, in North Carolina, and in Congress. Our opponents have proven time and again that they will stop at nothing to force their agenda on women nationwide.

    But we aren't backing down, and we will not allow politicians to force their agenda on women — not in any state, no matter what.

    Join Daily Kos and Planned Parenthood Action Fund by telling these lawmakers where we stand and make sure they get the message: the fight to defend women's health and rights isn't over, and we're in it for the long run.

  • Demand that Florida repeal its “stand your ground” law

    A Florida jury has found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin—a 17-year-old African-American whose only crime was walking through a white neighborhood wearing a hoodie. The jury did not even find him guilty of manslaughter.

    While it did not play a role in this case, we will see more such injustices in the future as long as Florida has a “stand your ground law” on the books. Sign our petition to the Florida legislature, demanding they repeal their “stand your ground” law immediately.

  • Demand that Texas investigate why state troopers confiscated tampons

    You can bring a gun into the Texas State Capitol with a concealed handgun license—but not your tampons, maxipads or diabetic supplies.

    On July 12, as the Texas state Senate voted on a devastating anti-choice measure, state troopers ordered all women seeking to enter the building to surrender their tampons and maxipads.

    In at least one case, a woman was also ordered to remove her diabetic supplies. “I’ve never been so humiliated in my life,” she said tearfully. The above video is painful to watch.

    It is bad enough that the Texas state Senate is assaulting a woman’s right to choose. But whoever authorized this outrage must be held accountable. Sign our petition demanding an open investigation of the Texas state troopers’ conduct, and that appropriate disciplinary action be taken.

  • Tell Harry Reid: Don't bluff on filibuster reform

    Harry Reid imageOn July 11, Sen. Harry Reid told reporters that unless Republicans dropped their filibusters and confirmed all of the nominees he filed that day, then Senate Democrats would use the constitutional option to permanently eliminate filibusters on executive branch nominations.

    The nominees at stake are big, big deals. They include Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency, and Thomas Perez to head the Department of Labor. They also include three nominees for the National Labor Relations Board, without whom the NLRB will cease to function, meaning that workers across the country will lose a crucial portion of their legal protection on the job (which is exactly what Republicans want).

    Now’s the time for Harry Reid to take action. No more "deals" with Republicans. Not another toothless "gentlemen’s agreement" like he struck in January. No more promises that don't result in meaningful filibuster reform.

    Please sign our telling Harry Reid to go nuclear and implement real filibuster reform if Republicans do not immediately confirm all of the nominees he filed on July 11.

  • WalMart threatens to pull out of Washington, D.C., over living wage measure

    WalMart Threatens WAshington DC's Living WageWalMart has big plans to open several stores in the Washington, D.C.—but this week they threatened to take the ball and go home if Washington's city council passed a bill requiring large retailers to pay a minimum of $12.50 an hour.

    WalMart claims that they will pay employees $13 an hour, which makes their threat particularly revealing. If they were really going to pay people $13 an hour, why are they threatening to pull out of a city that would require them to pay employees $12.50?

    Fortunately, because of progressive advocates like you speaking out, the council narrowly approved the living wage bill, but not by a veto proof majority.

    Sign the petition urging DC Mayor Vincent Gray to stand up to WalMart's threats and sign proposed legislation requiring large retailers to pay employees $12.50 an hour.

  • Tell the courts to stop Pennsylvania Republicans from stealing elections

    Republicans can’t win on the issues, so they’re trying a more underhanded approach to victory: disenfranchising eligible voters.

    That’s the real motivation behind last year’s voter ID law. One powerful Republican leader admitted as much when he said the law would help Mitt Romney beat President Barack Obama.

    This week, a Pennsylvania Court has the opportunity to strike down the law. This is our chance to stop voter ID before it disenfranchises thousands of Pennsylvanians.

    Join with Daily Kos and the Pennsylvania Democratic Party by signing our petition urging the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court to do the right thing.

  • Tell Harry Reid: Don't bluff on filibuster reform

    Harry Reid imageOn July 11, Sen. Harry Reid told reporters that unless Republicans dropped their filibusters and confirmed all of the nominees he filed that day, then Senate Democrats would use the constitutional option to permanently eliminate filibusters on executive branch nominations.

    The nominees at stake are big, big deals. They include Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency, and Thomas Perez to head CREDO logothe Department of Labor. They also include three nominees for the National Labor Relations Board, without whom the NLRB will cease to function, meaning that workers across the country will lose a crucial portion of their legal protection on the job (which is exactly what Republicans want).

    Now’s the time for Harry Reid to take action. No more "deals" with Republicans. Not another toothless "gentlemen’s agreement" like he struck in January. No more promises that don't result in meaningful filibuster reform.

    Please sign the petition from Daily Kos and CREDO telling Harry Reid to go nuclear and implement real filibuster reform if Republicans do not immediately confirm all of the nominees he filed on July 11.

  • Tell Congress to stop big bank speculation: pass the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act

    Five years after the financial crisis, big banks still run the show. We need to learn from our mistakes, and prevent the kinds of high-risk activities that made a few people rich but nearly destroyed our economy.

    That's why Sen. Elizabeth Warren—along with Sens. John McCain, Maria Cantwell and Angus King—have introduced the 21st Century Glass Steagall Act of 2013 to reinstate and modernize our core banking protections.

    This legislation once again separates traditional banks from riskier financial services (before Glass-Steagall was repealed in 1999), and modernizes the law to include new activities and leave no room for regulatory interpretations that water down the rules.

    Wall Street spent 66 years and millions of dollars lobbying to pass de-regulation, so this effort will require a people-powered movement to win. Start the battle today, by signing our petition urging Congress to pass the 21st Century Glass Steagall Act of 2013.

  • Tell Sens. Carper, Reed and Baucus to pass real filibuster reform now

    Because of Republican obstruction, the U.S. Senate is at an impasse. And with it come real consequences. For example, the National Labor Relations Board will essentially cease to function—if President Obama’s appointments are not confirmed.

    Senate Democrats are moving forward with various presidential nominees—but filibuster reform is still a fight. There is a real danger they will be tempted by another “deal” we know that Republicans will not live up to.

    Delaware Sen. Tom Carper, Montana Sen. Max Baucus, and Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed are on the fence, and need to hear from their constituents now.

    Residents of Delaware, Montana and Rhode Island, please send an email to your respective senator, urging him to support meaningful filibuster reform so that we can have a functioning Senate that confirms all nominations in a timely manner.

  • WalMart threatens to pull out of Washington, D.C., over living wage measure

    WalMart Threatens WAshington DC's Living WageWalMart has big plans to open several stores in the Washington, D.C.—but this week they threatened to take the ball and go home if Washington's city council passed a bill requiring large retailers to pay a minimum of $12.50 an hour.

    WalMart claims that they will pay employees $13 an hour, which makes their threat particularly revealing. If they were really going to pay people $13 an hour, why are they threatening to pull out of a city that would require them to pay employees $12.50?

    Fortunately, because of progressive advocates like you speaking out, the council narrowly approved the living wage bill, but not by a veto proof majority.

    Sign the petition urging DC Mayor Vincent Gray to stand up to WalMart's threats and sign proposed legislation requiring large retailers to pay employees $12.50 an hour.

  • WalMart threatens to pull out of Washington, D.C., over living wage measure

    WalMart Threatens WAshington DC's Living WageWalMart has big plans to open several stores in the Washington, D.C.—but this week they threatened to take the ball and go home if Washington's city council passed a bill requiring large retailers to pay a minimum of $12.50 an hour.

    WalMart claims that they will pay employees $13 an hour, which makes their threat particularly revealing. If they were really going to pay people $13 an hour, why are they threatening to pull out of a city that would require them to pay employees $12.50?

    Fortunately, because of progressive advocates like you speaking out, the council narrowly approved the living wage bill, but not by a veto proof majority.

    Sign the petition urging DC Mayor Vincent Gray to stand up to WalMart's threats and sign proposed legislation requiring large retailers to pay employees $12.50 an hour.

  • WalMart threatens to pull out of Washington, D.C., over living wage measure

    WalMart Threatens WAshington DC's Living WageWalMart has big plans to open several stores in the Washington, D.C.—but this week they threatened to take the ball and go home if Washington's city council passed a bill requiring large retailers to pay a minimum of $12.50 an hour.

    WalMart claims that they will pay employees $13 an hour, which makes their threat particularly revealing. If they were really going to pay people $13 an hour, why are they threatening to pull out of a city that would require them to pay employees $12.50?

    Fortunately, because of progressive advocates like you speaking out, the council narrowly approved the living wage bill, but not by a veto proof majority.

    Sign the petition urging DC Mayor Vincent Gray to stand up to WalMart's threats and sign proposed legislation requiring large retailers to pay employees $12.50 an hour.

  • Tell Sens. Angus King and Joe Manchin to put students before banks

    On July 1st, student loan interest rates doubled. Senate Democrats tried to bring rates back down to 3.4 percent for another year, but a motion to end a Republican filibuster of their bill failed.

    We expect that kind of obstruction from Republicans, but two senators—Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Angus King of Maine (an independent who caucuses with Democrats)—also voted to block this measure to keep college affordable.

    But it gets even worse. Manchin and King are colluding with Senate Republicans to pass a bill that would push student loan debt from the current explosion to actual catastrophe. King’s behavior is particularly shameful. He used to teach at Bowdoin and Bates Colleges.

    Residents of Maine and West Virginia, send an email to your respective senator, shaming him for colluding with Republicans to make college more expensive.

  • WalMart threatens to pull out of Washington, D.C., over living wage measure

    WalMart Threatens WAshington DC's Living WageWalMart has big plans to open several stores in the Washington, D.C.—but this week they threatened to take the ball and go home if Washington's city council passed a bill requiring large retailers to pay a minimum of $12.50 an hour.

    WalMart claims that they will pay employees $13 an hour, which makes their threat particularly revealing. If they were really going to pay people $13 an hour, why are they threatening to pull out of a city that would require them to pay employees $12.50?

    Fortunately, because of progressive advocates like you speaking out, the council narrowly approved the living wage bill, but not by a veto proof majority.

    Sign the petition urging DC Mayor Vincent Gray to stand up to WalMart's threats and sign proposed legislation requiring large retailers to pay employees $12.50 an hour.

  • Tell President Obama: “Reject Keystone XL”

    Last month, President Obama presented his plan for tackling climate change and vowed to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline if it "significantly increases global warming pollution.”

    There is plenty of evidence that it would do just that, but his State Department has not gotten the message.

    Their latest environmental review parrots Big Oil’s bogus claim that the Keystone XL, which would pump more than 800,000 barrels a day of tar sands crude oil, would not drive more climate chaos.

    Both the State Department and the White House are under ferocious pressure from Big Oil and its climate-denying friends on Capitol Hill. After all, those companies have billions of dollars at stake. If we’re going to win this flashpoint battle, we need to fight back hard.

    Please join Daily Kos and the Natural Resources Defense Council in urging President Obama to keep his promise and reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

  • Tell Harry Reid and Democratic senators: Hang tough on filibuster reform

    My Smith goes to WashingtonAfter a short respite to pass immigration reform, Senate Republicans are back to their old obstructionist tactics. And with them come real-world consequences.

    The National Labor Relations Board will essentially cease to function if President Obama’s appointments are not confirmed. And while Senate Republicans hold up judicial nominees, more than 60 percent of the country live in a jurisdiction with court vacancies.

    Senate Democrats seem ready to reopen filibuster reform on presidential appointments—but another “gang” is likely in the wings, waiting to water down reform to just ending the filibuster on executive branch nominees. We cannot let Democrats be tempted with the siren song of a bipartisan “deal” that we know Republicans will never live up to.

    Please, join with Daily Kos in signing our petition to Sen. Harry Reid and the entire Senate Democratic caucus, telling them to pass meaningful filibuster reform so that we can have a functioning Senate that confirms all nominations in a timely manner.

  • Tell Harry Reid and Democratic senators: Hang tough on filibuster reform

    CREDO logoAfter a short respite to pass immigration reform, Senate Republicans are back to their old obstructionist tactics. And with them come real-world consequences.

    The National Labor Relations Board will essentially cease to function if President Obama’s appointments are not confirmed. And while Senate Republicans hold up judicial nominees, more than 60 percent of the country live in a jurisdiction with court vacancies.

    Senate Democrats seem ready to reopen filibuster reform on presidential appointments—but another “gang” is likely in the wings, waiting to water down reform to just ending the filibuster on executive branch nominees. We cannot let Democrats be tempted with the siren song of a bipartisan “deal” that we know Republicans will never live up to.

    Please join with Daily Kos and CREDO in signing our petition to Sen. Harry Reid and the entire Senate Democratic caucus, telling them to pass meaningful filibuster reform so that we can have a functioning Senate that confirms all nominations, including judges, in a timely manner.

  • Tell Congress: Put low-income families ahead of corporate welfare and oppose all cuts to food stamps

    A bipartisan coalition is gearing up to slash foodstamps.

    In May, the U.S. Senate voted down an amendment by Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to restore $4.1 billion in food stamp cuts by reducing corporate welfare to a handful of crop insurance companies. Twenty-eight Senate Democrats joined with all voting Republicans to defeat this crucial amendment.

    In the House, Republicans have decided to take food stamps out of the Farm Bill in hopes they can make far deeper cuts to foodstamps than even the cuts which passed by the Senate.

    Given that so many people are working fewer hours or for lower wages, slashing food assistance will only makes things worse.

    Please sign our petition telling the House and Senate to put low-income families ahead of corporate welfare and to oppose all cuts to food stamps.

  • Tell Congress to release FISA Secret Court opinions

    A secret court created by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) has made rulings that have created a whole new body of surveillance laws, and given the NSA vast new powers on wholesale data collection.

    Those rulings—made in secret by judges appointed by the Supreme Court Chief Justice and accountable to no one—are classified. We're told they are keeping us safe, but we can't be told how, and what we're trading away.

    How can we trust this court to protect our civil liberties when we can’t even read their opinions? Sign our petition urging Congress to declassify the FISA Court’s rulings.

  • Tell President Obama: Make the NSA answer Freedom of Information Act requests from American citizens

    The NSA is listening, but you can't FOIA itJust in time to celebrate our nation’s independence, we learned that the National Security Administration (NSA) is denying Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests sent by American citizens who want to know what, if any, information their government is collecting on them.

    In the denial letters, the NSA outrageously states it will deny all Freedom of Information Act requests from Americans citizens because doing otherwise would help terrorists.

    This is unacceptable. Citizens have a right to know if their government is spying on them.

    Please sign the petition telling President Obama to issue an executive order allowing American citizens to obtain their NSA files with a Freedom of Information Act request.

  • Tell President Obama: Make the NSA answer Freedom of Information Act requests from American citizens

    The NSA is listening, but you can't FOIA itJust in time to celebrate our nation’s independence, we learned that the National Security Administration (NSA) is denying Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests sent by American citizens who want to know what, if any, information their government is collecting on them.

    In the denial letters, the NSA outrageously states it will deny all Freedom of Information Act requests from Americans citizens because doing otherwise would help terrorists.

    This is unacceptable. Citizens have a right to know if their government is spying on them.

    Please sign the petition telling President Obama to issue an executive order allowing American citizens to obtain their NSA files with a Freedom of Information Act request.

  • Tell Congress to save the Voting Rights Act

    A recent 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by invalidating its preclearance formula. And we are already seeing its effects.

    From Texas to Alaska, lawmakers are quickly making it harder for people to vote—such as passing restrictive voter ID laws, and cutting back on early-voting hours.

    We urgently need Congress to restore strength to this incredibly important tool for protecting voting rights.

    Join Daily Kos and People For the American Way by urging Congress to save the Voting Rights Act by creating a new preclearance formula.

  • Tell the White House: Don’t cave to big business on Obamacare

    The Affordable Care Act requires that, effective 2014, businesses that hire 50 or more people must provide health insurance to their employees—or pay a fine.

    Now the White House says that—after “ongoing discussions with businesses”—they will delay the employer mandate until 2015. But individuals who lack health insurance must still buy coverage before 2014.

    Employers have already had years to implement this mandate. Sign our petition demanding that the Obama Administration enforce the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act on time.

  • Tell Republicans: Medical decisions must remain between a woman and her doctor

    Women made clear how they felt about the Republicans’ extreme agenda on women’s health in the 2012 election, yet the GOP continues to fight for policies that prevent personal medical decisions from remaining between a woman and her doctor.

    The GOP just doesn’t get it: They’re sticking with the same failed policy proposals of the past. Join Daily Kos and the Democratic National Committee to fight back against the GOP’s radical attacks on women’s health and policies that prevent personal medical decisions from remaining between a woman and her doctor.

  • Stand with Democrats to support efforts to protect the right to vote for every American

    The U.S. Supreme Court striking down parts of the Voting Rights Act was more than just a disappointment—it was an injustice. But we can't let it discourage us, or force us out of this fight.

    In the last few years, Republicans have dramatically stepped up their efforts to limit voting access. They've tried passing restrictive voter ID laws, cutting back early-voting hours, and eliminating same-day voter registration.

    We must continue to work to expand voting rights. Join Daily Kos and the Democratic National Committee and support the effort to protect the right to vote for every American.

  • Tell Congress: Don’t let pregnancy centers lie to women

    Tell Congress: Don’t let pregnancy centers lie to women.Around the country, anti-choice governors are gutting funding for rape crisis centers, and instead funding state “pregnancy centers” that give women false, medically discredited advice designed to deny women access to emergency contraception.

    For example, a few weeks ago a counselor at a "pregnancy center" in Ohio was caught on tape lying to a young woman about the effects of emergency contraception:

    “It sounds like the morning after pill. If you have intercourse and then take this pill and it causes a period to come on or something, or bleeding. It’s like having kind of an abortion.” She adds, “That could harm you. It really could harm you … You could hemorrhage from anything like that.”

    Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has a bill in Congress requiring the Federal Trade Commission to create rules prohibiting deceptive advertising of abortion services, so centers like these can't lie to women about access birth control.

    Tell Congress to support Carolyn Maloney’s bill to regulate crisis pregnancy centers, so they can’t lie to women about birth control.

  • Welcome Ken Cuccinelli to the 21st century

    It has been over 10 years since the U.S. Supreme Court found it unconstitutional to criminalize private consensual sex, but Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli still doesn’t get it.

    As attorney general, Cuccinelli has wasted taxpayer funds defending Virginia’s anti-sodomy ban still on the books—most recently asking the Supreme Court to uphold it. Even his running mate, E.W. Jackson, told the conservative National Review that he opposes such a law.

    Virginia can’t afford a governor who still wants to fight the battles of the last century. Sign up today to support the Terry McAuliffe for Governor campaign, so Virginia can move forward.

  • Tell San Diego city attorney: Don’t prosecute people who chalk

    Jeff Olson, a 40-year-old activist in San Diego, faces up to 13 years in jail—and $13,000 in fines—on several counts of vandalism.

    Because he wrote anti-bank slogans outside Bank of America—in washable chalk. On the sidewalk.

    The bank pressured the city attorney, who pressed charges. Before the case went to trial, the city attorney prosecuting the case successfully motioned to block Olson from arguing a First Amendment defense.

    Join us in demanding that the San Diego City Attorney drop charges against Jeff Olson.

  • Thank Wendy Davis for standing up for women

    On Tuesday, something incredible happened on the floor of the Texas state Senate. State Sen. Wendy Davis stood for 13 hours straight, speaking out against an abortion bill that would have dramatically restricted women's access to abortions in Texas and endangered women's health.

    This is exactly the reason we need more women like Wendy Davis in elected office––and it’s the reason why it matters so much that we never give up the fight to elect more pro-choice Democratic women.

    Please join with EMILY's List and Daily Kos in thanking Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis.

  • Tell Congress: Pass the Restore Honor to Service Members Act

    Last week, two House Democrats introduced the Restore Honor to Service Members Actwhich would restore honor to service members who were dishonorably discharged for being gay under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

    Join Daily Kos and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in urging Congress to pass this bill and restore honorable status to over 100,000 service members who were dishonorably discharged because of their sexual orientation. Sign the petition now.



  • Draft Wendy Davis for Texas governor

    On June 25, Texas state Senator Wendy Davis stood for 13 hours to filibuster against Texas Republicans’ War on Women. She did us proud, and it’s time that we made her governor of Texas.

    With changing demographics shaking up the Texas electorate, and Republicans continuously alienating millions of voters, Texas is ready to turn blue.

    Sign the petition drafting Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis to run for governor in 2014.

  • Give Wendy Davis a Texas-sized THANK YOU

    Have you ever tried to stand and talk for 13 hours? Yesterday, a determined Texas state senator did just that––she stood up and spoke out in a 13-hour talking filibuster to protect women’s rights.

    State Sen. Wendy Davis didn’t just stand up to conservative Texas Republicans, she stood up for women to make their own decisions about their health and to protect 37 health centers across the state.

    In contrast, Texas Republicans tried to kill democracy. After Wendy’s half-day filibuster––including numerous attempts to silence her––Texas Republicans voted after the legislative deadline had passed. Then, they tried to cheat democracy by backdating their vote.

    Without Wendy’s strength during her talking filibuster, we might not have won last night.

    Sign this thank you note to Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, and we will make sure she receives this gratitude.

  • Tell Ohio’s Gov. Kasich to veto taxpayer funding for crisis pregnancy centers that spread misinformation about health care

    Caught on tape, an anti-choice staffer at a crisis pregnancy center in Ohio lied about medical information. The counselor at Cleveland’s Womankind, a “maternal and prenatal care” center, told the young woman who asked about the pill she can take after having unprotected sex the previous day:

    “It sounds like the morning after pill. If you have intercourse and then take this pill and it causes a period to come on or something, or bleeding. It’s like having kind of an abortion.” She adds, “That could harm you. It really could harm you … You could hemorrhage from anything like that.”

    At the end of this week, when the state budget is passed, clinics like this could receive a major influx of taxpayer dollars by diverting Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds into crisis pregnancy centers across the state.

    Sign the petition urging Gov. John Kasich to issue a line item veto to avoid taxpayer funding for crisis pregnancy centers that lie to women about health and medicine.

  • We will repeal Proposition 8 at the ballot

    The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld Proposition 8, denying the right of committed, same-sex couples in California to marry the person they love.

    We are appalled, but we have been down this road before. And we know that if California voters could do it again, we would prevail.

    That is why the campaign to repeal Prop 8 begins today—as we mobilize with our allies to put it back on the ballot. Please sign our statement below.

  • Who's the boss? Tell Congress to protect workers from unfair harassment
    “The ball is once again in Congress’ court to correct the error into which this Court has fallen, and to restore the robust protections against workplace harassment the Court weakens today.”

    - Sup. Ct. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, dissenting in Vance.

    Maetta Vance, an African-American, worked in a cafeteria—where her white boss assigned her menial tasks to humiliate her. Dr. Naiel Nassar was denied a promotion, after complaining that his boss said “Middle Easterners are lazy.” Both sued under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    In 5-4 decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court denied them both. Vance’s employer was not deemed liable, because the offender was her boss—but not her “supervisor,” under an extremely narrow definition. Nassar lost, because he could not prove discrimination was the sole factor.

    These decisions will gut existing workplace protections—unless Congress acts. Sign our petition demanding that Congress amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to clarify that “supervisors” include anyone who directs an employee’s work activities, and that plaintiffs need not prove discrimination was the only factor in retaliation cases.

  • Tell these final four Democratic senators to co-sponsor the Employment Non-Discrimination Act now

    Democrats stand for fairness and equality. So why aren’t these four?

    Right now, the bill has 52 co-sponsors in the Senate, clearly showing a majority support (but not enough to beat that pesky filibuster), including two Republicans. Yet there are four members of the Democratic Party who have not signed on.

    Democrats are the party of equality and champions of LGBT rights, and as such should pass this bill. Please, sign the petition urging the final four Democratic senators to stand with the rest of the caucus and sign on as co-sponsors to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act immediately.

  • Tell Republicans: Abortions aren't funny. Your policies are a joke.

    Republicans are trying to find a way to get young people on their side by making serious issues about family planning "funny." At the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference in Washington last week, conservatives talked about how to win millennial voters––by messaging in a way that includes "snark."

    Then, last night, the House voted once again to restrict women’s rights based on their opinion of when they believe fetuses feel pain, including fetal masturbation in their public arguments, ignoring what science there actually is on the subject.

    Tell Republicans that a women's reproductive freedom is no joke and their policies are ridiculous. Sign the petition demanding the Senate vote against the House bill known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

  • Big Supreme Court win for voting rights: Thank the plaintiffs that brought the suit

    In a big upset to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 to overturn Arizona’s efforts to add proof of citizenship requirements to voter registration forms. The majority opinion–written by Justice Scalia–says that states cannot graft additional requirements on federal forms used to register voters.

    Please, sign a thank you note to the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona for bringing this case all the way to the Supreme Court and winning a key victory in the Republican War on Voting.

  • Tell Homeland Security: Don't deny U.S. citizenship to atheists

    Margaret Doughty, a 64-year-old woman from the U.K., has lived in the United States for 30 years. Now that she has applied for U.S. citizenship, the Department of Homeland Security might deny her because she's an atheist.

    On her application, Margaret declined to “take up arms to defend the United States”—due to her moral opposition to violence. The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (a division of DHS) replied that only religious-based objections are valid—instructing her to submit proof of her religion on “official church stationery” by June 21, or they will deny her U.S. citizenship.

    Please sign our petition to the Director of USCIS, the Deputy Director of Homeland Security and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to grant U.S. citizenship for Margaret Doughty—and to reverse this unconstitutional policy for all such applicants.

  • Stand with Wisconsin protesters fighting Scott Walker's War on Women

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has proposed a new law that mandates all women seeking an abortion to undergo an intrusive vaginal ultrasound. And if anyone objects, they must sit down and shut up.

    When the state Senate heard the bill, Republicans cut off debate—and shouted down members who disagreed. When the state Assembly heard it the next day, Capitol police ejected spectators from the gallery who applauded members that spoke out against it. They even threatened to arrest protesters who were silently wearing duct tape on their mouths—ordering them to remove it.

    Sign our petition pledging to stand with Wisconsin protesters who refuse to accept Scott Walker's war on women.

  • Back up Elizabeth Warren: Support transparency in trade negotiations

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren is standing up to the Obama administration and the U.S. Trade Representative’s office–demanding they release trade documents used as part of negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

    "I appreciate the willingness of the USTR to make various documents available for review by members of Congress, but I do not believe that is a substitute for more robust public transparency. If transparency would lead to widespread public opposition to a trade agreement, then that trade agreement should not be the policy of the United States."

    - Sen. Elizabeth Warren

    Join Daily Kos and CREDO by signing the petition to back up Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s request that all documents being used to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership be released for review by the public.

  • Shame on Wisconsin senators for attacking women and subverting democracy

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his Republicans allies in the state legislature want to mandate all pregnant women seeking an abortion—even in cases of rape and incest—to undergo an intrusive vaginal ultrasound.

    Knowing the bill was controversial, state Senate President Mike Ellis cut off debate and called the vote—after only one senator had spoken against it. He then repeatedly banged his gavel and yelled at senators wishing to speak, as you can watch in the video above. The bill then passed 17-15, on a party-line vote.

    It’s bad enough that Republican politicians think they know better than women by requiring an abhorrent and intrusive procedure. But to shout down your opponents, block debate and waive procedural rules to ram a vote through is a basic assault on our democracy.

    Sign our petition, shaming Wisconsin state senators for attacking women and subverting democratic principles.

  • Take action: Woman assaulted in Nevada courtroom

    A Nevada woman in court for a routine divorce proceeding was arrested in front of her two-year-old daughter for claiming a court officer sexually assaulted her during an unexplained drug search.

    After reporting the incident to the presiding hearing master, the woman’s concerns were ignored. Then, the hearing master allowed her to be arrested for making the accusation.

    The officer involved was investigated and fired, but the hearing master who allowed this woman to be arrested for reporting a sexual assault has yet to be removed from office.

    Hearing Master Patricia Doninger has got go. Sign our petition to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, and Eighth District Court Chief Judge Jennifer Togliatti to fire Patricia Doninger for this outrageous incident.

  • URGENT: Tell Sen. Levin to support the military prosecutions of sexual assault

    Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Sen. Carl Levin is siding with top military brass against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in the fight to curb sexual assaults in the military.

    Sen. Gillibrand has been fighting against the military establishment to rightfully give military prosecutors the power to prosecute sexual assaults—instead of leaving that decision with the commanding officer. According to a New York Times report today, Sen. Levin is set to remove Sen. Gillibrand’s bill from a Defense Department spending bill—embracing the status quo of sexual assaults in the military.

    Hearings begin at 2 p.m. Eastern today. Please sign our urgent petition telling Sen. Levin to support Sen. Gillibrand’s Military Justice Improvement Act right now.

  • Tell Your Senators: Protect albatrosses and petrels

    Albatrosses and Petrels spend years soaring over the open ocean, coming to land only to nest. It’s thought that they can sleep while airborne. But these magnificent birds are some of the most endangered birds on the planet and often die tragic deaths, becoming entangled in fishing lines and drowning. To ensure long-term survival for these global birds, we need international cooperation. The United States is already a world leader in seabird conservation, but we must take one more critical step to protect these birds.

    Please join with Daily Kos and the National Audubon Society by sending an email to your Member of Congress urging them to ratify the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels.

    By signing this petition you will receive periodic updates on offers and activism opportunities from the Audubon Action Center and Daily Kos.

  • Tell Congress: Stand for gun safety, or lose your seat in 2014

    Remember how angry you felt when 45 senators caved to the gun lobby by voting down expanded background checks—despite the massacres at Newtown and Aurora?

    If we don’t act, nothing will change. If members of Congress refuse to change the laws to reduce gun violence, then we need to change the members of Congress.

    Join Daily Kos and Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS) by signing our pledge to support candidates who back common sense gun violence legislation, and withhold support from those who don’t.

  • Repeal the Patriot Act to end government surveillance

    The United States government is spying on you.

    The NSA is collaborating with major tech and telecommunications companies–including Apple, Facebook, Verizon and many more–to collect countless pieces of information about the phone calls and electronic communications of any Americans without a warrant.

    It’s time to rein in the intelligence industrial complex that is trampling our civil liberties. Please join Daily Kos today calling on Congress to repeal the Patriot Act.

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  • Tell the Senate: Don't make college more expensive by hiking interest rates

    It’s an outrage! Two weeks ago, House Republicans rammed through H.R. 1911—a bill that will make college even less affordable after student loan interest rates expire in July.

    It’s a bait-and-switch proposal. H.R. 1911 would make federal interest rates variable up to 8.5%—putting higher education out of reach for more and more middle class families. The Congressional Budget Office estimates it will increase student debt by $3.7 billion over the next ten years.

    The bill is now being considered in the U.S. Senate. Please join Daily Kos and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) in urging the Senate to defeat H.R. 1911.

  • Tell the California Legislature to close the Walmart loophole

    Walmart is at it again. As Obamacare expands who is eligible for public health benefits like Medi-Cal, employers like Walmart are cutting hours and wages—so as to not provide health care for their workers. It’s wrong, and their greed means that taxpayers pick up the tab.

    Assembly Bill 880 would close the “Walmart loophole” by requiring large companies that cause a drain on Medi-Cal by refusing to provide their employees with health care benefits to pay their fair share. AB 880 will be voted on the state Assembly floor as early as this week, so please act today.

    Please sign our petition to the California Legislature, requesting that they pass AB 880 to close the Walmart loophole.

  • Tell Congress: Don’t subsidize obscene executive salaries

    President Obama has proposed to Congress that the federal government cap executive pay for its contractors to $400,000 a year—the same salary that the president of the United States makes.

    Right now, the federal government pays executive salaries of up to $950,000 per year for some companies. Meanwhile, federal contractors pay poverty wages to over two million employees—who went on a one-day strike two weeks ago.

    It’s a basic issue of fairness. The government should not subsidize obscene executive salaries, especially if these federal contractors won’t pay workers a living wage.

    Sign this petition, urging Congress to curb executive pay for federal contractors.

  • Stop the deportation of Antonio Vanegas

    Antonio Vanegas, an employee of a federal contractor who regularly paid him less than minimum wage, joined with his co-workers to participate in a national one-day strike on May 21 to demand higher wages and fair working conditions.

    Now, the Obama Administration wants to deport Antonio—federal police arrested him as he came into work that weekend, and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained him for three days. He now faces deportation proceedings, although it violates the Department of Homeland Security’s own guidelines.

    This isn't just about Antonio. It's about how immigrant workers are kept from fighting for better working conditions and it's about the almost two million others who are getting paid poverty level wages through government contracts.

    Please join Daily Kos and Presente.org by signing our petition to demand that President Obama and ICE Director John Morton immediately stop deportation proceedings against Antonio.

  • Tell the Pentagon: "Flush Rush" from military bases

    Rush Limbaugh is finally getting his comeuppance for spewing misogynistic rhetoric. Advertisers have pulled their sponsorship, and many radio stations have stopped airing his show.

    But the Armed Forces Network (AFN), a taxpayer-funded station that broadcasts on U.S. military bases around the world, continues to air his program.

    The Pentagon faces a serious problem of sexual harassment and abuse, as more women on military bases report horrific cases of sexual assaults by other servicemembers. President Obama has said we must “step up our game exponentially” to prevent such assaults from happening and punish attackers. This must include changing the culture that condones such behavior.

    Rush Limbaugh’s program fuels a culture that condones—if not encourages—misogynistic behavior on military bases. Please sign our petition to the Defense Department asking that they pull Rush Limbaugh’s program from the Armed Forces Network.

  • Shame on the 28 Democratic senators who voted to cut food stamps!

    Last week, the U.S. Senate voted down an amendment by Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to restore $4.1 billion in food stamp cuts—by reducing corporate welfare to a handful of crop insurance companies, mostly based overseas. Only 26 senators voted “yes.”

    But we can’t blame obstructionist Republicans. Twenty-eight Senate Democrats joined with all voting Republicans to defeat this crucial amendment. If these cuts are allowed, around 500,000 low-income households will lose an average of $90 in monthly benefits.

    Food Stamps are already being cut as the federal stimulus dries up, and these proposed new cuts—from both parties—will only make it worse. Given that so many people are working for fewer hours or lower wages, now is not the time to cut such essential benefits.

    Please join Daily Kos and Campaign for America's Future by signing our petition to these 28 Senate Democrats, demanding they put low-income families ahead of corporate welfare—and to oppose draconian cuts to food stamps.

  • Tell Congress: Now is the time to expand Social Security, not cut it

    While many pundits and politicians are talking about cutting Social Security, in real life declining 401(K) packages and home values mean more and more Americans won't have the savings they need for retirement. The answer? We must increase Social Security benefits.

    Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) has a proposal that will do just that: The Strengthening Social Security Act of 2013.

    By making millionaires and billionaires pay the same rate of Social Security taxes as the rest of us, and by changing the method by which Social Security benefits are calculated, Sen. Harkin's bill would expand Social Security benefits by an average of $800 per recipient per year while also keeping the program solvent for several generations.

    Please join with Daily Kos and Campaign For America's Future by signing our petition telling every member of Congress to increase Social Security benefits by passing Sen. Harkin's bill, The Strengthening Social Security Act of 2013.

  • Tell Congress: Now is the time to expand Social Security, not cut it

    While many pundits and politicians are talking about cutting Social Security, in real life declining 401(K) packages and home values mean more and more Americans won't have the savings they need for retirement. The answer? We must increase Social Security benefits.

    Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) has a proposal that will do just that: The Strengthening Social Security Act of 2013.

    By making millionaires and billionaires pay the same rate of Social Security taxes as the rest of us, and by changing the method by which Social Security benefits are calculated, Sen. Harkin's bill would expand Social Security benefits by an average of $800 per recipient per year while also keeping the program solvent for several generations.

    Please join with Daily Kos and Campaign For America's Future by signing our petition telling every member of Congress to increase Social Security benefits by passing Sen. Harkin's bill, The Strengthening Social Security Act of 2013.

  • Organize to stop the Monsanto Protection Act

    The Monsanto Protection Act—which became law in March—allows Monsanto and other large corporations to ignore existing food safety rules, and continue selling genetically modified seeds even if a court has blocked them from doing so.

    It’s been called “one of the most outrageous special interest provisions in years,” and was even slipped in anonymously without review or debate into a must-pass budget bill.

    Now we have an opportunity to stop it. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) has proposed an amendment to the Senate Farm Bill that would repeal the Monsanto Protection Act—but it will take serious grassroots pressure to even make sure the amendment comes up for a vote.

    Join Daily Kos and CREDO by signing our petition to demand that the U.S. Senate repeal the Monsanto Protection Act.

  • Shame on the 28 Democratic senators who voted to cut food stamps!

    Last week, the U.S. Senate voted down an amendment by Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to restore $4.1 billion in food stamp cuts—by reducing corporate welfare to a handful of crop insurance companies, mostly based overseas. Only 26 senators voted “yes.”

    But we can’t blame obstructionist Republicans. Twenty-eight Senate Democrats joined with all voting Republicans to defeat this crucial amendment. If these cuts are allowed, around 500,000 low-income households will lose an average of $90 in monthly benefits.

    Food Stamps are already being cut as the federal stimulus dries up, and these proposed new cuts—from both parties—will only make it worse. Given that so many people are working for fewer hours or lower wages, now is not the time to cut such essential benefits.

    Please join Daily Kos and Campaign for America's Future by signing our petition to these 28 Senate Democrats, demanding they put low-income families ahead of corporate welfare—and to oppose draconian cuts to food stamps.

  • Shame on you, Steve Fincher, for personally taking farm subsidies while cutting food stamps

    Congressman Stephen Fincher (R-TN) wants to cut food stamps, a lot. He quotes the Bible from the House floor saying the poor deserve to starve, and said the government should not steal “other people’s money.”

    Fincher should know a thing or two about that. As a wealthy Tennessee farmer, he personally collected $3.5 million in federal farm subsidies over the past decade. And the same Farm Bill he voted for that cuts food stamps by $21 BILLION over the next decade expands crop insurance subsidies by $9 billion over the same time period.

    Given that so many are working for fewer hours or lower wages, now is not the time to be cutting such essential food stamp benefits, especially if the government can still afford to give farmers like Congressman Fincher generous subsidies.

    Please join Daily Kos and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee by signing this petition shaming Rep. Steve Fincher for taking farm subsidies while cutting vital funds from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program which provides food stamps to those in need.

  • Eric Holder: jail the banks, not homeowners

    Five years and millions of foreclosures later, the Obama Administration finally made arrests.

    But it wasn’t the banks who destroyed our communities and made millions. It was twenty-seven struggling homeowners and foreclosure victims, who staged a peaceful protest outside the Justice Department on Monday to demand an end to Too Big to Jail.

    Although supported by over 500 allies, the DOJ decided they would rather jail these everyday Americans than step up to help resolve the ongoing foreclosure crisis.

    Please sign our petition, urging Attorney General Eric Holder to drop charges against the 27 homeowners -- and start jailing the bank executives.

  • Stop the Koch brothers from buying the news

    May 30 is the next meeting of the board of directors of The Tribune Company, the corporation from which the Koch brothers are looking to purchase newspapers.

    As the board meets, they need to hear our message loud and clear: the Koch brothers have an agenda to create misinformation that has no place in the news business.

    Please join with Daily Kos and CREDO by petitioning the board of directors of the Tribune Company not to sell any Tribune media properties to Charles and David Koch. We will deliver the signatures to the board of directors before they meet.

  • Tell the California Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown to restore funding for Medi-Cal

    Sacramento cut $1 billion from our state's healthcare system and the much-needed Medi-Cal program. Without this funding, millions of Californians will lose quality health care, and thousands of health workers could lose their jobs.

    Please join Daily Kos and SEIU-UHW's Let's Get Healthy California project by signing our petition in support of SB 640, a bill which would reverse these devastating cuts and restore funding to state health care.

  • Tell President Obama: Sign the executive order that would give 2,000,000 federal workers a living wage

    With over 2,000,000 workers receiving poverty-level wages, the federal government is by far the largest employer of low paying jobs in the country. It exceeds McDonald's (600,000) and Walmart (900,000) combined.

    These jobs are found in every corner of the country, contributing to the rise of poverty and income inequality.

    President Obama could put a stop to this with the stroke of a pen, by issuing an executive order requiring all federal contractors to pay a living wage and respect workers' rights.

    On May 21, many of these federal workers walked off their jobs in order to make their voice heard. Please join with Daily Kos and Presente.org to stand with these brave workers by signing our petition telling President Obama to issue an executive order requiring all federal contractors to pay a living wage and respect workers' rights.

  • Tell Congress: Now is the time to expand Social Security, not cut it

    While many pundits and politicians are talking about cutting Social Security, in real life declining 401(K) packages and home values mean more and more Americans won't have the savings they need for retirement. The answer? We must increase Social Security benefits.

    Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) has a proposal that will do just that: The Strengthening Social Security Act of 2013.

    By making millionaires and billionaires pay the same rate of Social Security taxes as the rest of us, and by changing the method by which Social Security benefits are calculated, Sen. Harkin's bill would expand Social Security benefits by an average of $800 per recipient per year while also keeping the program solvent for several generations.

    Please join with Daily Kos and Social Security Works by signing our petition telling every member of Congress to increase Social Security benefits by passing The Strengthening Social Security Act of 2013.

  • Enough with blocked appointments! Tell your Democratic Senator to re-open filibuster reform

    Obstructionist Senate Republicans are at it again. Having successfully warded off filibuster reform in January, they have now bottled up the confirmation of Richard Cordray for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Thomas Perez for Secretary of Labor, and Gina McCarthy for the Environmental Protection Agency.

    As the New York Times reports this week, Senate Democrats are "increasingly exasperated" by routine efforts to block nominees and are "now more supportive than ever" of re-opening filibuster reform.

    As you read this, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is even polling Senate Democrats to see if there are enough votes to pull it off.

    Please, use the form below send an email to your Democratic member(s) of the U.S. Senate telling them to re-open filibuster reform so that we can have a functioning Senate that confirms nominations in a timely manner. (email can be personalized)

  • Stand with the Democratic women of the Senate who are taking on sexual assault in the military

    Logo for Emily's listMore and more women in the military are coming forward with horrific reports of sexual assault by their superiors. Not long ago, little would have happened, but with a record number of women serving in the United States Senate, including five Democratic women on the Armed Services Committee, now there are leaders making real noise and taking real action.

    Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has mobilized her campaign operation and is holding up the high-level nomination of a senior Air Force officer who overturned a jury conviction in a sexual assault case last year.

    Meanwhile, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is taking the lead on passing legislation that will prevent military commanders from handling sexual assault cases that involve their subordinates.

    Please join Daily Kos and EMILY’s List by signing our petition standing with the Democratic women of the Senate who are fighting to change the way the military handles sexual assault.

  • Tell the Florida Legislature: Don’t deny healthcare to one-million poor people while giving yourselves a sweetheart deal

    Last month, the Republican Florida state legislature denied billions of federal dollars provided by Obamacare that would have expanded Medicaid to nearly one million poor, uninsured residents of the Sunshine State.

    But meanwhile, Florida House members have no problem offering themselves a first-class, state-subsidized health insurance plan -- where they pay premiums as low as $8.34 per month.

    Clearly, they oppose “government-funded health care” if it applies to their uninsured, low-income constituents -- while socialized medicine is fine for politicians in Tallahassee.

    Sign the petition demanding that the Florida state legislature, which voted to give itself first-rate, state-subsidized health insurance, stop denying Medicaid to nearly one million low-income, uninsured Floridians.

  • Tell your governor: Don't make buying a Tesla illegal

    Tesla has just introduced the most amazing electric vehicle into the market. Unfortunately, buying it could soon be illegal in some states around the country.

    Sleazy car dealerships have lobbied for, and in some states already managed to pass, laws that forbid car manufacturers from selling vehicles directly to consumers. Since Tesla eschews auto dealerships and only sells its cars directly to consumers via “galleries” and online orders, these laws will make it impossible to buy a Tesla in some states.

    Stupid laws like these protect only the interests of a few car salesmen while creating unnecessary barriers to entry for disruptive technologies with better business models, like the Tesla. We need to stop these laws before they start spreading.

    Use the form below to send an email to your Governor to opposing any law that would require Tesla, or any car manufacturer, to go through auto dealers in order to sell their vehicles.

  • Tell John Boehner: Remove Michele Bachmann from the House Intelligence Committee

    Representative Michele Bachmann is the Tea Party’s queen of crazy. So what kind of a signal does it send that she's on the House Intelligence Committee where she has access to sensitive national security information?

    Bachmann has actually said that gay marriage is the biggest problem facing the nation, financial reform efforts equate with Mussolini-style fascism, and that President Obama is "anti-American" and "turning our country into a nation of slaves.”

    One of Bachmann’s most irresponsible actions was to launch an anti-Muslim witch hunt and suggest, à la Joe McCarthy, that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the American government.

    Her loose association with the facts and her willingness to believe in all sorts of completely baseless conspiracy theories makes her one of the last people in Congress who should be entrusted with our nation’s secrets.

    Please join with Daily Kos and CREDO by petitioning Speaker Boehner to remove Rep. Michele Bachmann from the House Intelligence Committee.

  • Tell Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan: Pass marriage equality now

    Yesterday, Minnesota made history when Gov. Mark Dayton signed marriage equality legislation into law. Minnesota is the 12th state to pass freedom to marry for all loving couples, and the third state to do so in just the last two weeks.

    But in Illinois, our marriage bill has languished. It passed the Illinois Senate in February, but has not come to a vote in the Illinois House even with Gov. Pat Quinn pledging to sign it after both houses of the legislature pass it. The Illinois General Assembly must act before May 31st, or the bill will die due to lack of action.

    It is well past time for the Land of Lincoln to be on the right side of history.

    Please sign our petition to Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan demanding that he secure the support to pass the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act and bring it to a vote before the May 31 deadline.

  • Tell the IRS: It was wrong to single out tea party groups. Give extra scrutiny to *all* secret money organizations instead.

    The IRS is deservedly facing a lot of heat right now because it appears to have discriminated against tea party-affiliated groups that were applying for tax-exempt, 501(c)4 status as "social welfare" organizations.

    A very real danger from this scandal is that the IRS will basically stop applying scrutiny to every group that applies for tax-exempt 501(c)4 status. This would be awful, because after the Citizens’ United ruling there is no doubt that huge amounts of secret money is being funneled through tax-exempt 501(c)4 organizations for the primary purpose of electioneering, not social welfare.

    Let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater here. Please sign our petition telling the IRS that it was wrong to single out tea party groups, because they should be applying extra scrutiny to *all* tax-exempt, secret money organizations.

  • Tell your Illinois State Representative to pass marriage equality now

    Yesterday, Minnesota made history when Gov. Mark Dayton signed marriage equality legislation into law. Minnesota is the 12th state to pass freedom to marry for all loving couples, and the third state to do so in just the last two weeks.

    But in Illinois, marriage equality has languished. It passed the Illinois Senate in February, but has not come to a vote in the Illinois House even with Gov. Pat Quinn pledging to sign it after both houses of the legislature pass it. The Illinois General Assembly must act before May 31st, or the bill will die due to lack of action.

    It is well past time for the Land of Lincoln to be on the right side of history.

    Please use the form below to send an email to your state representative telling him or her to support SB 10, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, and to demand that House Speaker Mike Madigan bring it to a vote. (sample email can be personalized)

  • Tell the IRS to investigate and prosecute offshore tax evasion

    Recently, the IRS and its counterparts in the European Union and Australia gained access to 400 gigabytes of leaked data acquired by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. This data exposes potential tax evasion by individuals, companies, and private trusts through the use of offshore tax havens. These governmental agencies are beginning to sift through the data and pursue possible illegal activity.

    This is exactly the type of work the IRS should be focusing on, and international coordination of this sort could be a game changer when it comes to cracking down on those who dodge their tax bills by hiding money around in secret accounts around the globe.

    Amidst allegations of politically motivated investigations into conservative organizations, this story will probably be overshadowed. Let’s make sure that doesn't happen, and that the IRS doesn’t get cold feet in the pursuit of these enormous leads.

    Please sign our petition urging the IRS to investigate the use of offshore tax havens for possible tax evasion and prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law.

  • Tell Democratic leaders: Don't give in to Republican hostage taking on the debt limit

    Once again, congressional Republicans are saying they will only raise the debt limit if congressional Democrats and President Obama agree to a long list of ransom demands.

    Enough with this hostage taking. Enough with Republicans holding a gun to the head of the American economy. Republicans in Congress incurred these bills, and they do not get to extort demands in exchange for paying them.

    Please sign the petition to President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi telling them not to give in to Republican debt limit extortion.

  • Tell Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

    Right now, because there is no federal law barring employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, you can be fired for being gay in 28 states.

    It is time to change that by passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would finally make job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity illegal.

    ENDA has been introduced to Congress nine times since 1994 without success, but now the winds of change are on our side. In April, it was re-introduced with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.

    Please join Daily Kos and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee by signing the petition urging Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and finally give the LGBTQ community equal rights in the workplace.

  • Tell the Senate to give students the same low interest rates the big banks get

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren has a great, simple idea, and she's made it her first bill. Give students the same loan rates that the big banks get:

    "Right now, a big bank can get a loan through the Federal Reserve discount window at a rate of about 0.75%. But this summer a student who is trying to get a loan to go to college will pay almost 7%. In other words, the federal government is going to charge students interest rates that are nine times higher than the rates for the biggest banks–the same banks that destroyed millions of jobs and nearly broke this economy. That isn’t right."

    CREDO Action LogoStudents should get as good a deal as the banks. Students are the ones that are going to be responsible for rebuilding this country, and they shouldn't be saddled with crippling debt before they even get a chance to start doing that.

    Please join with Daily Kos and CREDO by signing the petition urging all U.S. senators to support the Bank On Student Loan Fairness Act.

  • Tell the Senate to give students the same low interest rates the big banks get

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren has a great, simple idea, and she's made it her first bill. Give students the same loan rates that the big banks get:

    "Right now, a big bank can get a loan through the Federal Reserve discount window at a rate of about 0.75%. But this summer a student who is trying to get a loan to go to college will pay almost 7%. In other words, the federal government is going to charge students interest rates that are nine times higher than the rates for the biggest banks–the same banks that destroyed millions of jobs and nearly broke this economy. That isn’t right."

    Students should get as good a deal as the banks. They're the ones that are going to be responsible for rebuilding this country, and they shouldn't be saddled with crippling debt before they even get a chance to start doing that.

    Please join with Daily Kos and Campaign for America's Future by signing the petition urging your senators to cosponsor the Bank On Student Loan Fairness Act.

  • Tell the Senate to give students the same low interest rates the big banks get

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren has a great, simple idea, and she's made it her first bill. Give students the same loan rates that the big banks get:

    "Right now, a big bank can get a loan through the Federal Reserve discount window at a rate of about 0.75%. But this summer a student who is trying to get a loan to go to college will pay almost 7%. In other words, the federal government is going to charge students interest rates that are nine times higher than the rates for the biggest banks–the same banks that destroyed millions of jobs and nearly broke this economy. That isn’t right."

    Students should get as good a deal as the banks. They're the ones that are going to be responsible for rebuilding this country, and they shouldn't be saddled with crippling debt before they even get a chance to start doing that.

    Please sign the petition urging your senators to cosponsor the Bank On Student Loan Fairness Act.

  • Tell the Senate to give students the same low interest rates the big banks get

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren has a great, simple idea, and she's made it her first bill. Give students the same loan rates that the big banks get:

    "Right now, a big bank can get a loan through the Federal Reserve discount window at a rate of about 0.75%. But this summer a student who is trying to get a loan to go to college will pay almost 7%. In other words, the federal government is going to charge students interest rates that are nine times higher than the rates for the biggest banks–the same banks that destroyed millions of jobs and nearly broke this economy. That isn’t right."

    Students should get as good a deal as the banks. They're the ones that are going to be responsible for rebuilding this country, and they shouldn't be saddled with crippling debt before they even get a chance to start doing that.

    Please use the form below to send an email to your senators telling them to cosponsor the Bank On Student Loan Fairness Act. (sample email can be personalized)

  • Tell Congress: Stop subsidizing CEO salaries

    Report cover pageThe Institute for Policy Studies and Campaign for America's Future have released a new report revealing how the same CEOs who want to cut spending on social programs are enjoying enormous, taxpayer-funded subsidies to their salaries.

    There is a tax deduction for "performance pay" that allows CEOs and other top executives to pocket gobs of money without paying taxes on it. To get a sense of just how much this loophole is costing us, consider that the 90 publicly-held corporations on pro-austerity "Fix the Debt" coalition gave out $6.3 billion in tax-deductible "performance pay" from 2009-2011, thereby increasing the debt and subsidizing executive pay by between $953 million and $1.6 billion.

    Of course, these CEOs and executives wouldn't call this a tax subsidy. But because they get this little perk and you don't, what else should it be called? We could just go for the simple: rip-off.

    Sign the petition from Daily Kos and Campaign for America's Future calling on Congress to stop subsidizing CEO salaries by ending the performance pay loophole.

  • Now 13 states have called for Citizens United to be overturned. Tell the other 37 to join in!

    Maine has become the 13th state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The vote wasn't even close, as large numbers of Republicans joining every Democrat in both the Maine state House and state Senate.

    Maine joins West Virginia, Colorado, Montana, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, California, Rhode Island, Maryland, Vermont, New Mexico and Hawaii in calling for a Constitutional amendment.

    This a grassroots movement with both momentum and bipartisan support. Outside of the U.S. Congress and the Supreme Court, Republicans hate corporate spending in campaigns almost as much as Democrats, and want to see reform. A Constitutional amendment is not an easy thing to achieve, but the time is right for this one.

    Sign the petition urging the remaining 37 state governments to call for a Constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United.

  • Tell Republicans: Ending overtime pay is unacceptable

    In a shocking new salvo in their war on workers, House Republicans have passed a bill that repeals mandatory overtime pay.

    Yes, you read that right. House Republicans have decided that hourly workers have it too cushy when they receive extra money for working extended hours. So, this week they passed the so-called "Working Families Flexibility Act," which gives business owners the flexibility of not paying hourly workers a higher hourly rate for overtime work.

    DSCC logoDoing that would take money out of the pockets of every full-time hourly employee in the country, and put that same money in pockets of business owners.

    Please sign the petition from Daily Kos and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee opposing the end of mandatory overtime pay, and shaming House Republicans for passing this terrible bill.

  • Run, Sarah, run: Help Democrats by urging Sarah Palin to run for U.S. Senate in Alaska

    Sarah Palin imageReports from Alaska indicate at least one tea party group is attempting to draft Sarah Palin to run against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in 2014.

    And come to think of it, that actually sounds like a great idea!

    Palin commonly makes gaffes, quit the Alaska governorship without even finishing one term, failed at her vice-presidential bid, her reality TV series was cancelled, and she was fired from her spot as a contributor on Fox News. With a track record like that, we feel pretty confident Sen. Mark Begich would be able to win re-election next year.

    So yeah, run, Sarah, run. Please sign our petition encouraging Sarah Palin to run for U.S. Senate in Alaska in 2014.

  • Call on Congress to act on gun violence

    Organizing for Action logoThe families of gun violence have suffered too much for lawmakers to sit back and do nothing.

    An overwhelming 90% of Americans support background checks for gun sales—but a minority of senators refused to listen to the people who elected them, and voted to block the bill.

    Please join with Daily Kos and Organizing for Action by signing our letter to Congress from hundreds of thousands of people demanding action on gun violence. Next week, Organizing for Action will personally deliver the letter to Congress.

  • Thank the LA Times staffers who said they will quit if the Koch Brothers buy the newspaper

    Right-wing super villains Charles and David Koch are looking to purchase media outlets in order create new mouthpieces for their propaganda. Staffers of the Los Angeles Times, one of the media outlets targeted by the Koch brothers, are not taking this lying down.

    Two weeks ago, at an in-house awards ceremony for Los Angeles Times staff, columnist Steve Lopez asked everyone in attendance, "Raise your hand if you would quit if the paper was bought by the Koch brothers."

    About half the staff raised their hands, perhaps dooming the sale of the newspaper to the Kochs.

    Please join with Daily Kos and Working Families by signing our petition supporting the journalists and staff at the Los Angeles Times who are willing to quit their jobs if Charles and David Koch purchase the newspaper.

  • Call on Congress to act on gun violence

    Organizing for Action logoThe families of gun violence have suffered too much for lawmakers to sit back and do nothing.

    An overwhelming 90% of Americans support background checks for gun sales—but a minority of senators refused to listen to the people who elected them, and voted to block the bill.

    Please join with Daily Kos and Organizing for Action by signing our letter to Congress from hundreds of thousands of people demanding action on gun violence. Next week, Organizing for Action will personally deliver the letter to Congress.

  • Tell Congress to fix the entire sequester, not just the parts that annoy rich people

    Cool Facebook meme related to this actionCongress has done nothing as services that protect the most vulnerable populations, like Meals on Wheels and Head Start, are being slashed because the sequester.

    However, Congress has moved to urgently repeal one part of the sequester that inconveniences wealthier Americans. Last Friday, in order to prevent significant delays in air travel, they overwhelmingly passed a bill that ended furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration.

    Campaign for America's Future logoPlease join with Daily Kos and Campaign for America’s future by telling your member of the House to fix the entire the sequester, not just the parts that inconvenience the wealthy. Sign the petition below.

  • Tell Congress to fix the entire sequester, not just the parts that annoy rich people

    Cool Facebook meme related to this actionCongress has done nothing as services that protect the most vulnerable populations, like Meals on Wheels and Head Start, are being slashed because the sequester.

    However, Congress has moved to urgently repeal one part of the sequester that inconveniences wealthier Americans. Last Friday, in order to prevent significant delays in air travel, they overwhelmingly passed a bill that ended furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration.

    Campaign for America's Future logoPlease join with Daily Kos and Campaign for America’s future by telling your member of the House to fix the entire the sequester, not just the parts that inconvenience the wealthy. Send an email by using the form below.

  • Tell Congress to fix the entire sequester, not just the parts that annoy rich people

    Cool Facebook meme related to this actionCongress has done nothing as services that protect the most vulnerable populations, like Meals on Wheels and Head Start, are being slashed because the sequester.

    However, Congress has moved to urgently repeal one part of the sequester that inconveniences wealthier Americans. Last Friday, in order to prevent significant delays in air travel, they overwhelmingly passed a bill that ended furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration.

    Campaign for America's Future logoPlease join with Daily Kos and Campaign for America’s future by telling your members of the Senate to fix the entire the sequester, not just the parts that inconvenience the wealthy. Send an email by using the form below.

  • Tell Rick Perry: Your 'pro-business environment' helped cause the disaster in West, Texas

    Since the deadly West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion two weeks ago, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has said there is no reason to increase inspections at businesses storing dangerous chemicals. Additionally, he has traveled to other states trying to lure business to Texas, using lax regulations and a "pro-business environment" as a selling point.

    Now, Rick Perry has expressed outrage at an editorial cartoon linking Texas's "pro-business environment" to the explosion.

    Well tough, Rick Perry. Your actions are the offensive ones.

    Sign the petition telling Rick Perry that his "pro-business environment" is one of the causes behind the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

  • Tell Congress to fix the entire sequester, not just the parts that annoy rich people

    Cool Facebook meme related to this actionCongress has done nothing as services that protect the most vulnerable populations, like Meals on Wheels and Head Start, are being slashed because the sequester.

    However, Congress has moved to urgently repeal one part of the sequester that inconveniences wealthier Americans. Last Friday, in order to prevent significant delays in air travel, they overwhelmingly passed a bill that ended furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration.

    Campaign for America's Future logoPlease join with Daily Kos and Campaign for America’s future by telling your members of the House and Senate to fix the entire the sequester, not just the parts that inconvenience the wealthy. Send an email by using the form below.

  • Support NBA center Jason Collins for his heroic decision to come out of the closet

    Jason collins imageNBA center Jason Collins made history by coming out of the closet as gay. He is the first major American professional team sports player to do so.

    Sign the petition supporting Jason Collins's decision, and thanking him for his heroism.

  • Tell the SEC: Require corporations to disclose political donations to shareholders

    Ballot box stuffed with moneyThe Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is considering passing a rule that would require publicly traded corporations to disclose all of their political donations to shareholders.

    Not only would this rule bring much-needed transparency to the growing world of secret, unlimited corporate political donations, it's information shareholders are entitled to. After all, people have a right to know what they are investing in.

    Please, join with 500,000 others by signing the petition to the SEC urging them to require publicly traded corporations to disclose all of their political donations to shareholders. We will submit your signatures to the SEC.

  • Stop chained CPI in the Senate

    With the White House standing firmly behind its proposal to cut Social Security through chained CPI, we need to keep seniors out of poverty by rallying opposition to these cuts in the U.S. Senate.

    Progressive champion Senator Sherrod Brown is spearheading the opposition effort in the Senate, rallying his colleagues to stand firm to oppose any and all cuts to the earned benefit that is Social Security.

    Please join with Daily Kos and Senator Sherrod Brown by signing this petition urging all U.S. senators to oppose any bill containing cuts to social security, including  chained CPI.

  • Stop chained CPI in the Senate

    With the White House standing firmly behind its proposal to cut Social Security through chained CPI, we need to keep seniors out of poverty by rallying opposition to these cuts in the U.S. Senate.

    Progressive champion Senator Sherrod Brown is spearheading the opposition effort in the Senate, rallying his colleagues to stand firm to oppose any and all cuts to the earned benefit that is Social Security.

    Please join with Daily Kos and Senator Sherrod Brown by signing this petition urging all U.S. senators to oppose any bill containing cuts to social security, including chained CPI.

  • Draft Brian Schweitzer for U.S. Senate!

    Brian Schweitzer for SenateAfter six terms, Montana Sen. Max Baucus is retiring. Sign the petition urging Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer to run, because we need a real Democrat in this seat.

  • Support federal disaster aid for Texas, and tell Texas Republicans to stop opposing it when other parts of the country are in need

    Texas plant fireIn the wake of the horrific fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, it is imperative that federal disaster aid immediately be sent to help the affected families and communities. That's why it is important to stand with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in his call to "ensure that all available resources are marshaled to deal with the horrific loss of life and suffering that we’ve seen."

    However, it would be nice if, in the future, Texas Republicans like Sen. Cruz and his colleague Sen. John Cornyn would support federal disaster relief when other parts of the country are in need. Earlier this year, both Texas senators voted against federal relief for areas impacted by Superstorm Sandy. So did Bill Flores, the Republican who represents West, Texas in the U.S. House.

    Sign the petition both supporting immediate federal disaster aid for Texas and also urging Texas Republicans to start supporting federal disaster aid when other parts of the country are in need.

  • Tell the Senate to reject the House Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

    Stop CISPA imageThe House of Representatives has passed passed their Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), the same bad bill they passed last year.

    Last year, President Obama threatened to veto the bill. This year, President Obama has threatened to veto the bill. That’s because it still gives private companies complete immunity for sharing customer information with the government, including the military or the NSA, without removing personally identifiable information.

    CISPA as written by the House would trump all other privacy laws, all of the other protections the government has established for keeping personally identifiable and sensitive data—financial records, medical records, communication—private. Companies could share any and all of your information with the government in the name of national security, and there's nothing you could do about it.

    It was a bad bill last year, and it's a bad bill now. Please use the form below to email your senators and tell them to scrap CISPA. (email is editable)

  • Tell the Senate: Require background checks for firearm sales at gun shows

    UPDATE:The Manchin-Toomey amendment was just defeated in the Senate. Even though the was vote 54 in favor and 46 opposed, it couldn't reach the 60 vote threshold to overcome a filibuster.

    Please email your Democratic Senators now, asking them to re-open filibuster reform to bring back a functioning Senate. Click here to email them about the filibuster.


    After three months of negotiations, a bipartisan bill has been drafted that would require criminal and mental health background checks for anyone purchasing a firearm at a gun show or on the internet.

    The vote is expected on Wednesday afternoon, April 17. And it's going to be close.

    Please, use the form below to join with Daily Kos and Americans for Responsible Solutions by emailing your senators and telling them to vote for expanded background checks.

  • Tell Democratic Party committees: Protect seniors instead of whining about talking points

    Social Security danglingStepping on the third rail of politics, President Barack Obama introduced a budget that makes cuts to Social Security. Republicans, sensing a golden political opportunity, are now attacking Democrats for promoting Social Security cuts.

    Unfortunately, the response to these attacks from Democratic Party committees has been either to whine that Republicans supported cutting Social Security first (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee), or to just endorse President Obama's budget, Social Security cuts and all (Democratic Governor's Association).

    Sign the petition telling Democratic Party committees to stop supporting chained CPI and other cuts to Social Security. The best way to protect our seniors and to deflect Republican attacks is to reject any cuts to Social Security, no matter who proposed those cuts.

  • Tell Ken Cuccinelli: Stop Trying to Shut Down Abortion Providers

    McAuliffe logoTwo years ago, Cuccinelli issued a legal opinion that's forcing the Board of Health to make abortion providers comply with hospital regulations. They waited as long as they could, but tomorrow the Board of Health has to make their ruling.

    And unless Cuccinelli backs off, they have no choice — they'll have to enact the new regulations and possibly shut down abortion clinics. Physicians across the Commonwealth have come out against these regulations, which involve things like the width of hallways and heating and ventilation systems, are medically unnecessary. Doctors say these restrictions do nothing to protect women’s health.

    This isn't an isolated incident. Throughout his career Cuccinelli has made countless attempts to restrict women's health access.

    Add your name to the petition from Terry McAuliffe for Governor, and tell Ken Cuccinelli: Let women make their own health care decisions with their doctors, and without government interference.

  • Stand against Ken Cuccinelli

    McAuliffe logoAs attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli supported LGBT discrimination and attacked climate science. The Washington Post called him "the most overtly partisan attorney general in Virginia's history" after he used his office to threaten women's health providers. He even thinks Justice Antonin Scalia is too liberal.

    Now, he wants to be governor of Virginia.

    Don't let that happen. Please, sign the petition from Daily Kos and Terry McAuliffe pledging to stop Ken Cuccinelli.

  • Tell the Virginia Board of Health: Stand up to Ken Cuccinelli

    In 2010, Virginia legislators passed a bill with onerous new regulations that were designed to close all Virginia health clinics that provide abortions. Initially, the Virginia Board of Health exempted existing clinics from the new regulations, meaning that they would be able to keep their doors open without making renovations that would cost $1,000,000 or more.

    However, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli refused to certify the board’s decision. He threatened to withhold the state’s legal counsel from the Virginia Board of Health, thus opening the individual members of the board up to litigation they would have to pay for our of their own pockets.

    Now, after months of stalling, at a meeting on April 12 the Board of Health has to issue a final ruling on whether or not the new regulations will apply to all health clinics in the state.

    Please email the Virginia Board of Health to stand up to Ken Cuccinelli and vote against new regulations that were designed to close all health clinics that offers abortions. Use the form below to send an email to the Virginia Board of Health before the final vote.

  • Tell Democratic senators: Urge Majority Leader Reid to re-open filibuster reform

    With obstructionist Senate Republicans filibustering anything short of renaming a post office, it is time for Senate Democrats to bring democracy into their chamber.

    Over 125,000 members of the Daily Kos community signed a petition urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to reform the filibuster, but he told us that "time will tell" whether half-measure reforms negotiated earlier this year with the GOP "were sufficient enough."

    We don’t know whether he’s afraid of change, or whether he likes dysfunctional government, but it’s time to ratchet up the pressure.

    Please, use the form below send an email to your Democratic member(s) of the U.S. Senate telling them to re-open filibuster reform so that we can have a functioning Senate that passes legislation and confirms nominations in a timely manner.

  • Tell the Senate: Don't filibuster universal background checks

    A growing gang of Republican senators, including Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell, have vowed to filibuster any new gun safety legislation.

    After Newtown, after Tucson, after Aurora--the victims and their families and their communities deserve an up-or-down vote on gun safety legislation, not another filibuster.

    Please join with Daily Kos in telling the Senate to allow an up-or-down vote on universal background checks.

  • Tell the Senate: Don't filibuster universal background checks

    Americans for Responsible Solutions action logoA growing gang of Republican senators, including Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell, have vowed to filibuster any new gun safety legislation.

    After Newtown, after Tucson, after Aurora--the victims and their families and their communities deserve an up-or-down vote on gun safety legislation, not another filibuster.

    Please join with Daily Kos and Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly's organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions, in telling the Senate to allow an up-or-down vote on universal background checks.

  • Tell Congress to crack down on the $32 trillion hidden in offshore tax havens

    With the 2013 tax deadline looming, new documents have leaked showing that there is an estimated $32 trillion dollars hiding away in offshore tax havens. Yes, $32 trillion.

    While millions of Americans are working hard to file their taxes, and while Head Start programs and cancer treatment centers are being shut down because of the sequester, this is just another example of how the wealthy are becoming egregiously rich at the expense of everyone else.

    Please, sign our petition urging Congress and President Obama to take action to crack down on offshore tax havens.

  • Tell President Obama to reject Social Security cuts and to stop promoting chained CPI

    In his latest budget proposal, President Obama proposed cutting Social Security benefits through what is known as "chained CPI." This would lower the rate at which benefits grow compared to inflation, resulting in ever-deepening cuts for recipients the longer they live.

    Use this form to email the White House, telling President Obama to reject Social Security cuts and to stop promoting chained CPI. (Email can be edited and personalized)

  • Demand full media access to the Arkansas pipeline spill site

    Right now, there is a major oil spill clean-up happening in Mayflower, Arkansas. Over 12,000 barrels of oil have surfaced from a leak in an Exxon Mobil pipeline carrying tar sands oil from Canada, very similar to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

    In addition to the unfolding environmental tragedy, media have had difficulties accessing information on the cleanup effort. One of the reasons for this is likely because access largely runs through Exxon Mobil employees who have a vested interest in keeping the media out of the loop.

    The public and media deserve access to this oil spill. Please sign the petition to Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Acting Director of the Environmental Protection Agency Bob Perciasepe demanding transparency and independence in media access to the Mayflower spill site. We will deliver the signatures to their offices.

  • Tell the Justice Department to stop North Carolina's latest voter suppression legislation.

    North Carolina Republicans have a new plan to suppress the college vote: If students register to vote where they go to school rather than where their parents live, their parents lose a college tax credit. Republicans are forcing this choice–either register in your home county or cost your parents $2500–all to keep this Democratic-leaning group of voters from turning out on election day.

    North Carolina’s history of voter suppression puts it under the jurisdiction of the US Justice Department which can, under section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, invalidate laws that have voter suppression effects. Please sign the petition urging the US Justice Department to invalidate this legislation immediately so that college students can vote where they choose without costing their families much-needed tax relief.

  • Tell the Democratic Party to endorse the next big societal shift: marijuana legalization

    Willie Nelson holding a marriage equality and marijuana legalization signMarriage equality has passed a tipping point, as it is backed by strong majorities of the public and virtually every Democratic politician. Now, it’s time for the Democratic Party to endorse another ongoing societal shift: marijuana legalization.

    A decade ago, Americans opposed marijuana legalization by 2-1 margins. Now public opinion is not only evenly split, but is guaranteed to continue tilting toward legalization. This is because, as with marriage equality, overwhelming majorities of young Americans are in favor.

    Marijuana decriminalization has already taken place in two states, but legalization needs to happen everywhere. It will reduce spending on the criminal justice system, lower out-of-control incarceration rates, raise revenues through taxation, and protect personal freedom.

    Please sign our petition to the Democratic National Committee demanding the inclusion of federal marijuana legalization in their 2016 platform. The time has come.

  • Tell Congress to raise the minimum wage and tie it to inflation

    In 1968, the minimum wage was worth over $10.00 in 2012 dollars. Today, it’s $7.25. It hasn’t gone up since 2009, and working full-time at minimum wage isn’t enough to put a family of two above the poverty line. It’s time for that to change.

    Sen. Tom Harkin and Rep. George Miller are calling on Congress to increase the minimum wage to $10.10, close to what it was worth in 1968, and tie it to inflation so that minimum-wage workers don’t have to wait years for a raise while the prices of food and rent keep rising.

    Join with Daily Kos by signing our petition telling Congress to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 and tie it to inflation.

  • Tell Harry Reid to force repeated votes on expanded background checks

    Even after Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora, and Sandy Hook, expanded background checks for firearm sales were just filibustered in the Senate.

    We don't have to settle for this. In 2010, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid forced repeated votes on the financial reform bill until Republicans grew weary of headlines about how they doing the bidding of Wall Street. After three days of votes, opponents of the financial reform bill relented and the filibuster was defeated.

    With 91% of Americans supporting universal background checks, the same tactic of public embarrassment could work again.

    Please tell Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to hold repeated votes on expanded background checks for firearm sales until opponents relent and their filibuster is defeated.

  • Tell the final Democratic holdouts to support universal background checks

    Over 90% of Americans support requiring universal background checks for gun sales, and so 100% of Democrats in Congress should support it, too.

    However, as we approach the big Senate vote universal background checks, there are still four Democratic senators who have not yet announced their support: Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

    Please, if you are a resident of one of these four states, send an email to your Democratic U.S. senator, telling him or her to support universal background checks for all gun sales. (Email can be edited and personalized)

  • Thank you, Edith Windsor, for challenging the Defense of Marriage Act
    When Thea and I met nearly 50 years ago, we never could have dreamed that the story of our life together would be before the Supreme Court as an example of why gay married couples should be treated equally, and not like second-class citizens. While Thea is no longer alive, I know how proud she would have been to see this day. The truth is, I never expected any less from my country. -DOMA litigant Edith Windsor


    Tell Edith Windsor you stand with her in the fight for equality. Sign our thank you card and we'll deliver the signatures.

  • San Francisco Regional Water Board: For the porpoises and for the Bay, stop the polluters

    More than 70 years after porpoises originally fled the waters of the San Francisco Bay, they are beginning to come back. Their return is a sign that the waters of the Bay are cleaner and once again liveable.

    The only way to keep the porpoises here is to keep pollution out -- and that means getting the San Francisco Regional Water Board to stand up to polluters.

    Please join with Daily Kos and our partners at For the Bay by signing this petition to the San Francisco Regional Water Board urging them to stand up to the worst polluters for the sake of the returning porpoise population.

  • Join Bernie Sanders in opposing cuts to Social Security and disabled vets

    Bernie Sanders imageLast week, U.S. senator and progressive powerhouse Bernie Sanders succeeded in getting the Senate on record opposing cuts to Social Security and veterans' benefits through the use of chained CPI.

    Chained CPI is a sneaky way to cut Social Security and veterans' benefits by reducing the rate at which those benefits grow compared to inflation. Over time, it would result in Social Security and veterans' benefits being reduced by several thousand dollars every year.

    During last week's debate on the federal budget, the Sanders amendment opposing the use of chained CPI passed on a voice vote without a single senator speaking up to object. While the amendment is non-binding, it's still significant because an entire branch of Congress is now on record opposing these backdoor cuts to Social Security and veterans' benefits.

    Passing this amendment is a step forward, but we have a lot more work to do. Please join Daily Kos and Sen. Bernie Sanders in demanding that the White House and House of Representatives say NO to benefit cuts for Social Security recipients and disabled vets.

  • Support President Obama's call for comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship

    President Obama has called on Congress to address immigration reform, and with the announcement of a bipartisan framework in the Senate, it’s clear that comprehensive immigration reform is finally within reach.

    As we move forward, we need to make sure the new policy is rooted in the American Dream by articulating a clear path to citizenship for millions of hard-working immigrants and their children.

    Please sign our petition supporting President Obama's call for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship. We will send the signatures to the White House.

  • Tell the Senate: Pass universal background checks now

    All members of the United States military must pass extensive background checks in order to carry assault weapons. Why should regular civilians be exempt from this safety measure?

    That’s why our partners at VoteVets are putting together a new campaign to pressure a few key senators to support universal background checks before the big Senate vote on gun safety next month. The senators who will decide the fate of universal background checks need to know there will be consequences come election time if they defy the will, and the safety, of the American people.

    Please join with Daily Kos and VoteVets by signing the petition telling your senators to support universal background checks.

  • Tell the NRA: Stop calling residents of Newtown

    Action imageThe ghouls at the NRA are targeting the residents of Newtown, CT with a barrage of robocalls urging them to oppose gun safety legislation, including background checks and registration, barely three months after 20 children and six educators were gunned down in their school.

    Please use the form below to send the NRA an email blasting them for their total lack of respect for the victims of the weapons they peddle (sample email can be edited and personalized). Or, call the NRA’s national headquarters at 1-800-672-3888. Let’s give the NRA a piece of our minds about their shameful behavior.

  • Thank you, Hillary Clinton, for speaking out

    Last week, Hillary Clinton announced her support for marriage equality for lesbian and gay couples everywhere. As a former first lady, Senator, and Secretary of State, Hillary’s voice is a powerful one, and we thank her for her courage and leadership in standing behind same sex couples and their families.

    Join Daily Kos and our Partners at EMILY's List by signing our “thank you” card to Hillary Clinton for making her voice heard.

  • Stop the Koch brothers from purchasing the Los Angeles Times and other media outlets

    Right-wing super villains Charles and David Koch have reportedly expressed interest in purchasing some or all of the holdings of the Tribune Company, which owns newspaper and television stations across the country, including the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.

    Millions of people count on their local newspapers and television stations for strong and unbiased reporting, including their endorsements for political candidates and ballot initiatives. It would be a travesty to the fourth estate if the Koch brothers purchase respected media outlets in order to peddle their discredited ideas and right-wing propaganda.

    Please sign our petition to Peter Liguori, President of The Tribune Company, urging him not to sell the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and other Tribune media properties to Charles and David Koch.

  • Tell Congress: Restore scholarships for children of fallen Iraq and Afghanistan veterans

    Folded American flag imageWith the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War upon us, the children of troops who died fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan are facing yet another hardship. Now, because of federal budget cuts forced by the sequester, many of them will lose thousands of dollars in college scholarship money that is awarded through the Iraq and Afghanistan War Grant program.

    That program must be more of the government waste and evil socialism we keep hearing about.

    Please sign the petition telling Congress to reinstate the Iraq and Afghanistan War Grant program so that the sons and daughters of fallen soldiers will have access to higher education.

  • Tell the Supreme Court: It's time for marriage equality

    DSCC logoIn the next few days, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8.

    You don't have to be a legal scholar to know that the Supreme Court should not be upholding unconstitutional laws that keep people from marrying who they love. That is why thousands of people have filed opinions with the Supreme Court, both official and unofficial, telling them that the time for marriage equality has come.

    Before the Supreme Court begins deliberation on the the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8, please join with Daily Kos and the DSCC in telling the Supreme Court that bans on marriage equality are unconstitutional and all Americans should have the right to marry who they love.

  • Urge the President to veto CISPA

    Last year, the President Obama's administration threatened to veto the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) because it would create major privacy and security vulnerabilities. In the veto threat, the President Obama's administration said:

    “The sharing of information must be conducted in a manner that preserves Americans' privacy, data confidentiality, and civil liberties and recognizes the civilian nature of cyberspace. Cybersecurity and privacy are not mutually exclusive.”


    House Republicans have reintroduced CISPA, and have not changed any of those flaws. To help force a complete rewrite of this cybersecurity bill, the White House should issue another veto threat, making clear its continued opposition to this bill.

    Please join with Daily Kos and Demand Progress by sending an email to President Obama, urging him to reiterate his opposition to this bill. (Email is editable)

  • Tell the Senate to stand up for voting rights

    The Supreme Court may be on the verge of undoing over four decades of voter protection efforts that have led to increased access to the polls and strengthened civil rights in our country.

    If the conservative bloc of the Supreme Court, led by Antonin Scalia, strikes down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, then we need our senators to immediately restore equality and fairness to the voting system by introducing and passing corrective legislation.

    Please join with Daily Kos and our partners at EMILY’s List as we petition the Senate to stand up for expanded voting rights. EMILY's List will deliver the signatures through Senator Amy Klobuchar and the Democratic women in the Senate standing up for voting rights.

  • Become a co-sponsor of the Back to Work Budget

    America faces a jobs crisis. Our bridges, schools, and sewer systems are crumbling. Republicans are pushing more cuts--but we need a budget that invests in the future, creates jobs, and makes corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share.

    The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Back to Work Budget does all those things. This is the kind of progressive vision for the economy we want to see from Democrats.

    Please join with Daily Kos and Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-chair Rep. Keith Ellison by signing the petition below and becoming a citizen co-sponsor of the Back to Work Budget.

  • Tell the FDIC to increase transparency on bank settlements

    Recently, through a Freedom of Information Act request the LA Times obtained over 1,600 pages of settlements with major banks and other actors between the years of 2007-2012 that had been kept out of the public eye by non-disclosure agreements negotiated into the settlements. One of the most notable being a $54 million settlement from Deutsche Bank over loans that contributed to a California bank failure.

    These agreements not only keep vital information from the public that informs their decision and shames bad actors, it also violates the spirit of the laws instituted after the S&L crisis of the 1980-90’s, which instituted a ban on secret settlements.

    Sign the petition urging the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to institute and abide by a policy banning non-disclosure agreements of any type in all future settlements to increase transparency and shame bad actors in the banking industry.

  • Tell the Senate to hold this vote

    Senate Republicans beholden to Wall Street are blocking a vital vote from happening because they care more about protecting the wealthy than protecting the middle class. They will not allow Richard Cordray’s nomination as director to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau come to a yes-or-no, simple majority vote.

    Cordray has been serving as Director of the CFPB for the past two years, doing great work to protect consumers from more Wall Street malfeasance. That’s why Republicans are stalling the nomination. They don’t have a problem with Cordray, they have a problem with an effective agency that protects Main Street over Wall Street and they want to neuter it. So they’re filibustering Cordray as a way to force changes to the agency–something no party has ever done before–instead of using the legislative process.

    This misuse of the filibuster must not stand. Sign the petition urging the Senate to let Richard Cordray’s nomination for Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau go to a yes-or-no vote.

  • Tell Congress you are tired of paying for Mark Zuckerberg's stuff

    Despite Facebook reporting profits of over $1.1 billion in 2012, the company is expected to pay no federal or state income taxes. In fact, Facebook will receive net tax refunds totaling $429 million, because tax deductions on executive stock options can be written off as salary deductions.

    This is a perfect example of how the deficit and spending cuts are driven by loopholes that allow corporations and wealthy Americans to get all the breaks.

    Please join with Daily Kos and our partners at CREDO Action by signing the petition telling Congress it's time to end tax loopholes for corporations and the wealthy.

  • Tell Paul Ryan: Protect Medicare for seniors, not tax breaks for billionaires

    DCCC logoPaul Ryan is back with another cruel and unreasonable plan to destroy Medicare. He’d rather force his voucher scheme on seniors than close loopholes in the tax code that let multi-billion dollar companies pay next to nothing in taxes.

    We stood up and stopped him before. Let’s do it again.

    Join with Daily Kos and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, tell Paul Ryan that voucherizing Medicare is not an option.

  • Tell Republicans: Please give a damn about people, not White House tours

    Stop Republican WhiningThe sequester has gone into effect. This has caused hundreds of thousands of people to be furloughed, an end to tuition assistance for soldiers in the Army, reductions in vaccinations, border patrols, meat processing inspections, aid for low-income housing, Head Start programs for children and much, much more..

    So what part of the sequester is the Republican National Committee most upset about, to the point where they are running a petition about it? The cancellation of White House tours.

    Sign the petition telling the Republican National Committee to stop whining about tours and start giving a damn about the millions of people who have been seriously impacted by the sequester. We need to publicly embarrass them for their pettiness:

  • Stop Rick Scott's massive corporate giveaway

    Governor Rick Scott has spent the past two years making devastating cuts to critical services for middle class families. Now he plans to go even further by pushing through a bill this legislative session that will give big corporations another $141 million in tax breaks.

    Florida cannot continue the practice of increasing corporate tax breaks and subsidies while slashing funding for education and neglecting the needs of the state's small businesses.

    The good news is that we can stop this bill because it requires a two-thirds majority to pass.

    Please sign the petition from Daily Kos and our partners at Florida Watch Action as we demand that the Florida legislature reject this $141 million corporate tax break. Florida Watch Action will deliver the signatures to Florida legislators.

  • Tell the Senate: End subsidies to oil companies

    Environmental Action logoWhile Washington, DC, is scrambling to reach a deal to avert a government shutdown at the end of March, we have a simple solution to help balance the budget: end subsidies to the oil industry, which would save at least $4 billion annually.

    Please, join with Daily Kos and Environmental Action by sending an email to your senators demanding an end to oil subsidies in any budget deal. (Email is editable)

  • Tell the House and the Senate to raise the minimum wage to $10.10

    In 1968, the minimum wage was worth over $10.00 in 2012 dollars. Today, it’s $7.25. It hasn’t gone up since 2009, and working full-time at minimum wage isn’t enough to put a family of two above the poverty line. It’s time for that to change.

    Sen. Tom Harkin and Rep. George Miller are calling on Congress to increase the minimum wage to $10.10, close to what it was worth in 1968, and tie it to inflation so that minimum-wage workers don’t have to wait years for a raise while the prices of food and rent keep rising.

    Please sign the petition urging Congress to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 and tie it to inflation.

  • Tell Congress to repeal the sequester

    At a time when our economy is on an upward trend of recovery, implementing stringent austerity measures like the sequester that went into effect on March 1, is a bad idea that will slow economic growth. The sequester is expected to cost at least 750,000 jobs and cut numerous services including cuts to the National Weather Service, work study programs, the National Institute of Health will be scaling back research programs and grants to universities, cuts to public health–including 840,000 fewer vaccinations, cuts to EPA programs that monitor clean air and water, and cuts to meat inspection programs.

    While the extent of these cuts won’t be felt immediately, the pain will grow with each passing day as more workers are cut or furloughed and more programs are reduced to mere skeletons. Let’s be clear–this does not have to happen; Republicans choose to keep tax cuts for the wealthy and corporate tax loopholes at the expense the everyone else.

    Repeal the sequester that has gone into effect, before real pain is felt. Jobs and social services are being cut at a time when our economy needs to grow rather than retract. Email your member of Congress and tell them to repeal the sequester before real and permanent damage is done to our fragile, recovering economy.(Email is editable)

  • Tell the Senate Judiciary Committee: It's time for universal background checks

    Americans for Responsible Solutions action logo Next week, the Senate Judiciary Committee is starting its hearings on gun control.

    The first item on the table will be universal background checks. This isn’t some high ideal we can one day aspire to. It is a basic, fundamental step we can take right now.

    Daily Kos is working with Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords’s group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, to make sure that our voices are heard. Please sign our petition in support of universal background checks.

  • Tell Congress to scrap the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

    House Republicans have re-introduced the previously failed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), including most of its original flaws. The bill still gives private companies complete immunity for sharing customer information with the government, including the military or the NSA, without removing personally identifiable information. That’s after industry groups told the House Intelligence Committee in new hearings that removing that information from the data they share would not be a burden on the companies. Protecting our privacy isn’t difficult, but the House Republicans don’t want to do it.

    CISPA as written by the House would trump all other privacy laws, all of the other protections the government has established for keeping personally identifiable and sensitive data—financial records, medical records, communication—private. Companies could share any and all of your information with the government in the name of national security, and there's nothing you could do about it. It was a bad bill last year, and it's a bad bill now.

    Please contact your member of Congress using the email below and tell them to scrap CISPA. (Email is editable)

  • Tell John Boehner: Remove Michele Bachmann from the House Intelligence Committee

    People for the American Way logoRep. Michele Bachmann has been peddling Islamophobic conspiracy theories about a top aide to Hillary Clinton helping the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrate the federal government, and has implied that President Obama is working to spread global Sharia law.

    Someone like this should not hold a seat on a congressional committee that is entrusted with classified information. Join Daily Kos and our partners at People For the American Way as we call on House Speaker John Boehner to remove Michele Bachmann from the House Intelligence Committee.

  • Stand against Ken Cuccinelli

    McAuliffe logoAs attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli supported LGBT discrimination and attacked climate science. The Washington Post called him "the most overtly partisan attorney general in Virginia's history" after he used his office to threaten women's health providers. He even thinks Justice Antonin Scalia is too liberal.

    Now, he wants to be your governor.

    Don't let that happen. Please, sign the petition from Daily Kos and Terry McAuliffe pledging to stop Ken Cuccinelli.

  • Tell Congress to pass President Obama's proposed increase to the minimum wage

    In his State of the Union address, the president called on Congress to declare "that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour."

    The minimum wage hasn’t gone up since 2009, and today, working full-time at minimum wage isn’t enough to put a family of two above the poverty line. What’s more, 47 percent of the people affected by an increase to $9 are already working full-time.

    Please sign the petition urging Congress to raise the minimum wage to $9, and also tie it to inflation so that we don't keep having this fight every few years.

  • Tell Macy's to dump Donald Trump

    Donald Trump’s hair is at it again, bullying and intimidating Angelo Carusone, the organizer who started the “Dump Trump” campaign, by threatening to sue Carusone for at least $25 million unless he stops his campaign.

    Carusone created the campaign urging Macy’s to sever business ties with Trump over his sexist and racially charged rhetoric that is in direct conflict with the Macy’s family-based brand and image. But it is perhaps even more galling that Trump is now attempting to use his wealth to intimidate and silence political protest that is covered under the First Amendment.

    Sign our petition telling Macy’s it is indeed time to Dump Trump for attempting to stifle political speech and political protest against him.

  • Tell Congress you are tired of paying for Mark Zuckerberg's stuff

    Despite Facebook reporting profits of over $1.1 billion in 2012, the company is expected to pay no federal or state income taxes. In fact, Facebook will receive net tax refunds totaling $429 million, because tax deductions on executive stock options can be written off as salary deductions.

    This is a perfect example of how the deficit and spending cuts are driven by loopholes that allow corporations and wealthy Americans to get all the breaks.

    Sign the petition telling Congress it's time to end tax loopholes for corporations and the wealthy.

  • Volunteer for Robin Kelly

    Please sign up to volunteer for Robin Kelly, and we’ll have an organizer contact you to get you scheduled.

    We appreciate everything you do to help our campaign from your computer. But Election Day is just a few days away, and elections are won on the ground.

    Don't worry if you've never volunteered before – the staff really knows what they’re doing, and they’ll make sure you’re trained up and ready to go. And you don't have to volunteer alone. Bring a friend or family member along to make it even more fun!

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